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Nancy Mae Detro was born on February 23, 1924, in Rochester, NY, to Guy Hershey and Elsie (Winagle) Detro. Nancy grew up in Fairport, New York, and married George Harold Wagner of that town in 1947. They moved to Ridgewood, NJ, and together they had four children, Ruth Ellen, Ronald Earl, Douglas Robert and Janet Louise. After their divorce in 1967, Nancy became a resident of Vermont, living and working in Waitsfield, Warren and Waterbury. Nancy's professional career included working at the Moravian Seminary and College for Women, for the Hon. Andrew Maguire in Washington, DC, and for law firms in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and in Vermont. Nancy was a longtime member of Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly in Waterbury, VT, and previously was active at Emmanuel Baptist Church in NJ and the First Baptist Church of Fairport, NY.
Nancy leaves many friends, especially her Soul Sisters and members of HMCA, who will miss her sparkling wit, sense of adventure and young spirit. She is survived by her children, Ruth (Doug) Reiner, Ron (Pat) Wagner, Doug Wagner (Susan Schmit) and Janet (Wallace) Sharp. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Jennifer (Troy) Fitzpatrick, and two great-grandsons, Kyan and Collin Fitzpatrick.
Nancy's family wishes to thank the devoted staff of Squier House of Waterbury, Vermont, for their many kindnesses. The family also wishes to thank Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice for their care of Nancy.
A service celebrating Nancy’s life will be held from the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury, VT, on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. where friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org), or to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.