OBITUARY

Jessi Wagner

October 23, 1983January 12, 2021

Jessica Rose “Jessi” Wagner was born October 23, 1983 to Bert and Lisa Wagner in Wyoming. She had three younger sisters to grow up with; Shannon, Ashlee, and Erin. Jessi grew up loving sports, and as she got older, she held season tickets to multiple Colorado sports teams including the Avalanche and the Rockies.

Jessi obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Wyoming. She worked at several hospitals as a surgical nurse, beginning in Wyoming. She transferred to the University of Colorado for approximately 10 years, then worked as a traveling nurse for another 2 years. During that time, she worked in California, New York City, Florida, and Arizona. She finally returned to Denver and worked at Children's Hospital of Colorado until her death.

Jessi’s patients always loved the comfort she provided before surgery and she will be deeply missed at Children's Hospital. The surgical staff at Children’s treated her very kindly and held a heartwarming tribute to her when they heard of her death.

While traveling as a nurse, Jessi's love of sports became evident when during a San Francisco Giants baseball game, a home run was hit into the Bay, and she was sitting in the bay in a yellow kayak where the ball landed.

Jessi loved her family, her friends, and her co-workers deeply. She also loved the color purple, and those who knew her found she could incorporate that into many parts of her life.

Knowing Jessi was like stepping into sunshine. She had a bright disposition and a generous kindness often missed in the world today.

She is survived by her loving parents, Lisa and Bert Wagner; sisters, Shannon (John), Ashlee (Greg), and Erin; grandmothers, Bonnie, Eloise, and Marilyn; niece, Sydney and nephew, Levi; and cousins, Jordan and Zoe.

She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, and her beloved Aunt Nancy.

Jessi passed away suddenly on January 12, 2021 in Aurora, Colorado. She is gone too soon, but will never be forgotten.

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Krista Grant Rader

February 1, 2021

Dear Lisa, Bert and sisters of Jess,
I went to school with your lovely mom. Your mom, Lisa, has always been very passionate and full of love for others, especially of family. So this must be a very difficult time.
May God’s comfort and blessings cover you all. Please accept my deep love of sorrow and hope that you can be comforted by the precious memories of Jess.
Peace, Krista

Sheila McClune

January 21, 2021

Jessi was one of my NaNo buddies and fellow geeks. She had a wonderful sense of fun and mischief, and just being around her made me smile. We didn't see much of each other over the past year, since conventions and write-ins got canceled thanks to the pandemic. I already miss her.

Frank LeBlanc

January 19, 2021

As a surgical scrub at Children's, I often worked with Jessie, and her devotion and commitment to her patients was unparalleled. She was kind, compassionate, and always ready to provide the best care. She will be dearly missed. Rest easy, Jessie.

Phyllis Tarr

January 18, 2021

I worked with Jessi many years ago and she was always on top of things and very capable. She always had a wonderful sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.

Valerie Tork

January 17, 2021

Words are never adequate in moments like these. I am sorry to hear about Jessi’s passing. Our friendship began when Jessi moved to Colorado to work at the University of Colorado Hospital. We shared a passion for nursing, sports, and Disney. I remember running into Jessi in the hallway at UCH while chasing Pokémon. I am lucky to have known such a kind soul. To the Wagner family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jenny Ward

January 17, 2021

Jessi, I always admired your zest for life. One of the things I really admired the most about you is that you so passionately lived your life regardless of what others thought about you. Your love of Donald Duck and all things Disney, frantically working on your NaNoWriMo stories, chasing Pokemon throughout the OR and your passion for playing Quidditch are just a few of the many things that made me smile. You had a love of adventure and it was always fun to see pictures and hear stories of all the places that you and Knuckles traveled to. You were an incredible OR nurse and really set the bar higher than anyone else I have ever known when it comes to patient safety. You were fearless with always standing up for what was right and best when it came to those you cared for. You spread joy throughout the staff with leading the fun committee and the annual Sunshine Awards. You touched the lives of so many people and I am incredibly grateful to have called you friend and coworker. I am a better nurse because of you. You will be incredibly missed my friend.

Philip Wesley

January 17, 2021

I met Jessi at a convention and as part of the anime/geek community here in Colorado. She was an amazing person, she was the one who came up with doing meet ups to play video games like Pokemon and Animal Crossing. She was just a constant joy to hang out with at conventions, meet ups, movies, and events. Endlessly creative and kind. Jessi will be remembered and missed. I want to thank her for all the awesome memories and for everything she has done to help so many people. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with her family.

Audrey Schumm

January 16, 2021

I had the pleasure of assisting Jessica with her travel nursing career for several years. She was such a pleasure to work with and the facility loved her. She became a friend and someone who I always greatly respected. Her Aya family will forever miss her.

Amber Nelson

January 16, 2021

Jessi and I met at UCH and bonded over our nursing career, sports and Harry Potter. Jessi took me to my first Avs game and it was pretty unforgettable. She taught me to get to the ice early to watch warmups and hope to get a puck. Then she got me a free avs shirt, hat, and keychain. AND we watched the last period from box seats. We also went to Rockies games and Rapids games to see our boy Tim Howard play. I will miss her excitement, honesty and huge heart. I will think of her often, especially at work when doing the right thing and speaking up feels difficult, it’s what a good nurse like Jessi has to do. Sending so much love and prayers to her family and friends. A great girl, gone way too soon.

Christina Hanley

January 16, 2021

Jessi was a great person to work with and be around. She always kept me on my toes! Her sarcasm and sass was just too much fun! Her kindness and passion for adventure is something I always admired! My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends.