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Alice Lucille Wagner

March 23, 1918 - November 6, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Alice Lucille Wagner

Alice Lucille Wagner

Born: March 23, 1918
Died: November 6, 2019
Age: 101

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Alice Lucille Wagner was born March 23, 1918 on her family’s farm south of Larchwood, Iowa in Lyon county. She was the youngest child of John and Emma McCarty. Alice attended a nearby country school and then St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Larchwood for two years before graduating from Rock Rapids High School in 1935. She then lived with her sister Ruth Kelley in Sioux Falls where she worked and played softball for the Blue Jays with sisters Ruth and Olive.

     She married David Wagner on April 21, 1938 in Sioux Falls. After their marriage, David worked for Barnstall oil company and they lived in Carroll, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Ames, Iowa before he entered the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. In 1944, Alice joined David at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD and worked on base. Their son Dennis was born in April of 1946. Upon David’s discharge from service, they returned to his hometown of Herscher, Illinois where he and his cousin operated Wagner Chevrolet.  In 1958, David and Alice purchased a Phillips Petroleum distributorship in Spencer, Iowa and operated Wagner Oil Company there until retiring in 1983.

     Alice was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. She was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, League of Women Voters, Questers, the Meals on Wheels Board and delivered Meals on Wheels until 2004. She enjoyed fishing with her husband, sewing, playing bridge and knitting Christmas stockings for friends and family.

     Having acquired her first computer in the 1980’s, she maintained email correspondence with many friends and relatives until very recently. She always made a special effort to remember birthdays and anniversaries.

     Alice passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the age of 101.  She was preceded in death by her husband, David in 2005, her parents, John and Emma (Jorgenson) McCarty, siblings George (Anna) McCarty, Raymond (Nell) McCarty, Ruth (Nicholas) Kelley, Olive (Edward) Adams and Thomas (Agnes) McCarty. She was also predeceased by half-siblings Irving (Ida) McCarty, Nellie (George) Weisensee, Carrie (William) Breuer, Lulu and Edna (Sister Mary Benecio).

     She is survived by her son Dennis and his wife, Barbara of Middleton, Wisconsin; grandchildren Brian and Keith and a large extended family of nieces, grand-nieces, nephews, grandnephews and other relatives too numerous to mention. She lived a long and active life and was exceptionally faithful to her church, her family and her friends.

     The family extends special thanks to Kathy Cunningham and her family and to Darla Larson for  the friendship and support they gave Alice.

     May eternal rest be granted to her O Lord and perpetual light shine upon her.


Memorials in her name may be made to:

Spencer Community School Foundation

Box 200 - 23 East 7th Street

Spencer, IA 51301

Ph 712-262-8950




Sacred Heart Catholic School - Spencer

PO Box 817

1111 4th Ave West

Spencer, IA 51301

Ph 712-262-6428





The Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

Father Larry McCarty
Brian Lockwood
Keith Lockwood
Geoffrey Felker
Greg Felker
Adam Wagner
Aaron Wagner
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, November 15, 2019 with the family present at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Blessed Are They"
""O Loving God"
"In This Place Hosea"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

Organist: Marianne Fuchsen
Cantor: Char Faber
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the church immediately followng the graveside services.


Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:54 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Alice was amazing, never missing an opportunity to reach out on birthdays with a phone call or an email. She made even extended family feel loved and special every opportunity she had. Every year at Christmas her memory lives on in our home with those most adorable stockings she made for every new family member! Alice was one to emulate in the way she lived and loved. May her memories bring you all a sense of peace in the days to come. ”
- Teresa Wagner
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:50 PM
“Our condolences to Denny and family. So many memories of times spent at your house and later on those fishing trips. Alice was such a kind lady to all of us guys that were hanging out together back then. What a wonderful and gracious lady she was. Pat and I still use the serving dishes that David and Alice gave as a wedding gift and think of them often . Great memories.”
- Doug & Mary Pat Jones
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Alice was my blessing. She will always live in my heart. If they play Bridge in heaven, Alice just dealt to Trudy, Greta and Clare, a foursome of angels. Alice made 4 No-Trump!”
- Judy Johnson
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“I worked many funeral dinners with Alice. She was wonderful to work with. A very special lady. Rest in peace Alice!”
- Joan Kallsen
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:52 AM
“Alice was a dear friend & neighbor to my Grandma Ricka for many years. She always brought over the best birthday cakes! Rest in peace, dear Alice!”
- Mary Fairchild
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“Alice... what a delightful lady! I considered myself fortunate to have met her through Marcellus Mill Questers. There were two gals named Alice in our group, and with a twinkle in her eye, your mother would refer to herself as "Old Alice." Oh, how I enjoyed her! May you be blessed as you honor her life and celebrate her entry into heaven. You have my sincere sympathy.”
- Marcia Steffen
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:44 AM
“My deepest sympathy. Memories of our fishing trips, her kindness of never missing my children's birthday with one of her awesome cakes. She will be missed.”
- Joan Wimmer
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 3:08 PM
“Alice was such a sweet friend to my mother-in-law, Trudy for many years.”
- Susan Wedel
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 6:28 PM
“Alice was a dear lady. My sincere sympathy to her family.”
- Twila Henning
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