Betty Jane Wagner

May 5, 1938June 30, 2018

Betty Jane Wagner, nee Bruss, 85, of Swansea, Illinois, born May 5, 1933, in Belleville, Illinois, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018 at home surrounded by family.

Betty worked as a Registered nurse with Memorial Hospital for over 40 years. She also enjoy volunteering her time to the Belleville Humane Society. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Eleanor, nee Wright, Bruss.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her loving children, Kent R. Wagner, of Swansea, Illinois, Kelly J. Wagner, of Freeburg, Illinois, Kim A. Wagner of Freeburg, Illinois, and Kai W. Wagner, of Belleville, Illinois; her granddaughter, Kasey A. Wagner, of Shiloh, Illinois.

Memorials are appreciated to the Belleville Humane Society or to S.A.V.E., Inc.. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Services were held privately with Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Pkwy West, Belleville, Illinois.


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Betty Hasenstab

July 4, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Betty at Memorial for a number of years. She had a way of always making us laugh. She was kind and gentle to all her patients. Betty was the first nurse that started out patient surgery at Memorial Hospital. I wish she could see it now. I cherish all my memories of Betty. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.