Ada Lorraine WAGNER

November 29, 1944May 12, 2018

On May 12, 2018, Ada Lorraine Wagner, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, peacefully passed away at the Sherman Home of the Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. Her husband, daughter, and son were by her side.

Lorraine was born November 29, 1944 in Iowa City, Iowa, and had a fantastic childhood. Even as a baby, upon first meeting her, her Uncle Everett described her as having an inner happiness. Her adolescent years were full of education, fun and travel.

As she entered adulthood, she continued to embark upon her storybook life, full of wonderful adventures. Her love for learning continued and she had a passion for passing along her learning to others. This passion strengthened as she embarked on her teaching career in 1966. One of her proudest moments was working two times each week during the school year with a 4th grade student who could not read at 1st grade level. By May, the student was able to read at 4th grade level and Lorraine never forgot the student’s face when he said “I can read!”.

On July 5, 1968, while on a Hawaiian vacation, she was led to her true soul mate, Chuck, at the Garden Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Chuck and Lorraine were married on June 14, 1969, and remained a devoted team the rest of her life. In 1974 and 1977, Chuck and Lorraine were blessed with the births of Laura Renée and Steven Charles.

Lorraine was bright, vivacious, friendly and welcoming. She took great pride in, and exceled at, making a house into a home. Birthdays and anniversaries of others were important to her, something to be acknowledged and celebrated. She sent hundreds of cards each year, some handmade, and always with a heartfelt note or article inside. She religiously sent thank you cards.

Until 2009, Lorraine went to Mayo Clinic for her annual physicals with no remarkable medical issues or concerns. Then her medical condition took a turn for the worse with several conditions that couldn’t be cured. Lorraine consistently reminded herself to stay positive, keep her chin up, stand strong and fight on.

Lorraine is preceded in death by her mother, Frances, her father, William, and her brother, William. She is survived by her husband, Chuck, her daughter, Laura, her son, Steve, her son-in-law, Sean, grandsons, Colin and Gavin, and her sisters, Jeannine and Michelle.

A private celebration of life will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 3 pm at East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery in Tucson, AZ. In lieu of flowers, Lorraine has asked that donations be made in her memory to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  


  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ada Lorraine WAGNER

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Tamara Schanke (Krug)

May 16, 2018

I will always remember our family trips coming to see you and family. Lorraine always took us to her special places to see. One of those places was the ice cream shop. I enjoyed our time spent at your house. Rest in peace. Until we meet again. Love you

Joy Swanson

May 16, 2018

Dearest Lorraine,
I miss you . We are friends and enjoyed so many good times together with family and friends.
Thank you for all those fun times at your home many years ago.
You and family opened your hearts and home to celebrate many an event ... Thank you for your smiles, laughs, love, kind words and hugs... We loved the ham sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, And so many goodies..
You made a delicious dip with baby shrimp, cream cheese,and shrimp cocktail sauce served with crackers .. You liked it, too :)
We enjoy a bond of friendship, teacher career, proud & loving motherhood, wives of business executives, praying together,
Celebrating parties and both Sagittarius with fun spirits :)..
We had so many great lunches, shopping trips together, and phone calls for over forty years... :)
You are now in your spiritual home and no pain ... You are always my friend and I will always keep you and your family close in my heart ... Thank you my Christian sister and rest in peace.
God Bless You and Your Special Family... Love, .......ALOHA ....
Joy Swanson and Family ( Jared, Drew, Andrea, and Granddaughter Sophia )