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Pauline "Polly" E. Wagner

May 26, 1912 ~ April 12, 2016 (age 103)

Pauline “Polly” E. Wagner, age 103, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at a local care center in Watertown. She was the widow of Robert Wagner. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown. Rev. Steve Anderson will officiate. Music will be provided by Elaine Vanderlaan as organist with Lehla Pietz as soloist. The family is requested to meet at the church on Saturday by 10:00 a.m. for a family prayer service.


Visitation will be at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Saturday.


Burial will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Augusta Cemetery in Marietta, MN. Honorary pallbearers will be all of “Polly’s” great-grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Hollie Kahnke, Jason Wagner, Aaron Wagner, Eric Wagner, Jessica Otting and James Hanson.


Polly was born on May 26, 1912, in rural Marietta, MN, to Frank and Susan (Dybevik) Tilbury. She married Robert Wagner on October 12, 1940, at Madison, MN. They moved to a farm near Marietta, MN, in 1947, where they farmed and raised their family. After retiring in 1986, the couple moved to Watertown. Robert passed away in 1989.  Polly continued to make her home in Watertown.


She was a member of the Cornerstone UMC and a former member of the Congregational Church in Marietta.  She was also a member of the Marietta American Legion Auxiliary. Polly enjoyed quilting with the church ladies, gardening, canning, walking, crocheting and embroidery.


Polly is survived by her children: Ron (Jeri) Wagner of Watertown, Larry (Susan) Wagner of Ridgeland, WI, and Nancy Hanson of Hines, MN; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; three brothers: Tony, Harold and Clarence; four sisters: Helen, Betty, Juliet and Bernice; and one son-in-law, Ronald Hanson.














 Service Information

April 15, 2016

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel
208 3rd St SW
De Smet, SD 57231

Funeral Service
April 16, 2016

10:30 AM
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
1350 11th Street Northeast
Watertown, SD 57201

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