Obituary: Lillian Wagner, formerly of Ridgefield
Lillian (Eakin) Wagner of Danbury, formerly of Ridgefield, and Miramar Beach, FL, left this life on November 9, 2017. She was the devoted wife of the late Donald C. Wagner.
Lil was born in Georgia to the late William Haines and Jeannie (Musgrove) Eakin. She shared her birthday with her oldest brother, Haines and took great pleasure in telling everyone, she was his gift, but undoubtedly, not his choice.
She met Don on a blind date when he was in flight school at the local airfield. He left shortly after to finish his training in Texas but they continued a long distance courtship When she agreed to marry him on his graduation day in September 1954 she took the bus to Laredo, accompanied by her younger sister, but brought enough money for a return ticket, just in case she changed her mind! Don & Lil celebrated their 61st anniversary shortly before Don’s passing in 2016.
Lil taught fourth grade for many years in the various locations that Don’s Air Force, Delaware Air National Guard and finally, Pan Am careers took them. When they settled in Ridgefield, Lil retired from teaching and took up real estate. In her spare time, she enjoyed researching her family tree and along the way, gathered the necessary information to become a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy.
Don and Lil loved to travel. For many years they sailed up and down the East Coast in their sailboat, and in retirement took many cruises all over the world.
Lil is survived by her three daughters, Karen Conroy (Michael); Donna Barber; and Felicia Wojeck (Tom) of Seminole, FL.; grandchildren Kathryn Cafazzo (Devon); Matthew Barber (Kaitlin) of John’s Island, SC; Sarah Van Wattum (James); and Hannah Barber and her partner, William Tomasello; great-grandchildren, Michael Van Wattum and Carolyn Cafazzo; sisters: Doris Rauton (Ray), Elaine Sanders (Edwin); brother John Eakin (Ruth); sisters-in-law: Judy Eakin, Jean Eakin, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by brothers: William (Haines), George (GM) and Ronald; and son-in-law, Michael Barber. Her oldest sister, Evelyn Atkinson, passed away 10 days after Lil.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m., at Ridgebury Congregational Church.
The Bouton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.