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Frances M. Wagner

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Frances Mae (Laubhan) Wagner, 91, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Homestead Assisted Living in Russell.

Frances was born March 14, 1929 in Russell, the daughter of Gottfred and Eva Elizabeth (Ehrlich) Laubhan.  She grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the Class of ’47.  During high school, she worked at the Duckwall’s Store in Russell.

Frances was united in marriage to Clarence B. Wagner on August 29, 1948 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Russell.  This union was blessed with two sons; Steve and Brad.  They made their home in Russell.  Clarence preceded her in death on December 16, 2011.

Frances worked as a Bookkeeper for five years at Home State Bank before her boys were born.  Later she worked in the USD 407 high school cafeteria for over 23 years.  She was an active member of the St. John Lutheran Church, the Priscilla Circle, and taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and was a Cub Scout Leader. She was a life member of the Russell VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a 50 year member of the Russell American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed visiting friends at the nursing homes, traveling with Clarence and spending time with her family and friends.

Frances’ surviving family includes her two sons, Steve Wagner (Rita) of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Brad Wagner (Theresa) of Russell, Kansas, one granddaughter Kristin Venters, one step grandson, James Orndoff, one great grandson, Dax, and two step great grandchildren Karter and Kamryn.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence, brothers Theodore Laubhan, Reinhardt Laubhan, Reuben Laubhan, Karl Robert Laubhan and, sisters, Rosella Ruhl, Esther White and infant sister Frieda.

Celebration of Frances’ Life will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.  Private family burial will follow services in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday, December 28, 2020 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.  Memorials have been established with the Russell Senior Center or the Russell County Food Pantry.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.