Sister Gabriella Wagner, 102, died peacefully at Mount St. Joseph in Wheeling on February 8, 2021 with a sister at her bedside.
Sr. Gabriella (Angela) was born in Triadelphia on July 9, 1918. She grew up in a faith-filled family of 14.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Herman C. and Angela(Weiss) Wagner, her brothers, Herman B., Jerry, George, Joseph, and Paul Wagner, her sisters, Srs. Jean Marie Wagner and Anna Wagner, Rita Wright, Marie Kennedy, Martha Ross and Dorothy Fitzsimmons.
Surviving are two brothers, Charles(Patricia) and John Wagner and multitudes of nieces, nephews and their children.
Sr. Gabriella was a Sister of St. Joseph for 85 years, having the distinction of being the Sister longest in the Wheeling Congregation.
Sr. Gabriella earned a BS Ed degree from Duquesne University and an MTS degree from Catholic University of America. She spent nearly half a century teaching children throughout the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston. She had a great love of mathematics and sciences. Sister taught at St. Mary and Notre Dame, Clarksburg; St. Peter, Fairmont; St. Joseph, Huntington; St. Francis Xavier, Moundsville; St. Thomas, Thomas; St. Patrick, Weston; Blessed Martin, Central Catholic, Corpus Christi, and St. Vincent Home for Girls in Wheeling. Following her retirement as an educator, she served as Treasurer of the SSJ Retirement Foundation for more than two decades.
Sister was a much-loved crafter at the Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Craft Sale. For thirty years, she designed and sewed many various, beautiful handmade stuffed animals and other items to delight children and adults alike including 650 teddy bears from one pattern. Sr. Gabriella said, “My life has been enhanced by relationships with sisters, many of our associates and auxiliary members, employees at Mount St. Joseph, and a host of friends whose company enables me to live out our charism of Loving Union of all persons with God and with one another.”
Due to continuing pandemic restrictions, services will be conducted privately. Extended family and friends are invited to attend these services virtually on Tribucast at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/31432755
Arrangements are being made through Altmeyer Funeral Home in Wheeling.