Benno Wagner Obituary, Death – Benno F. Wagner, 98, of rural St. Cloud “St. Joe,” died Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac, where he had been a resident since July 2021. On Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 12:00 Noon, a Memorial Mass will be given at Our Lady of the Holyland Parish-Holy Cross Church, 308 S. County Road W, Mount Calvary, WI 53057. Rev. Paul Koenig will preside. Visitation: Family and friends may pay their respects to Benno’s family at the Mount Calvary Church on Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. He was born in the town of Marshfield, near St. Joe, on August 29, 1924, to Peter and Gertrude (Pickart) Wagner.
Benno graduated from New Holstein High School in 1943 after attending St. Joseph Catholic Grade School. He married Bernice Braun on September 4, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe. Bernice died on July 7, 1994, before him. He married Florence (Schraufnagel) Ruplinger on October 13, 1995. Benno and Bernice farmed near St. Joe in the Town of Marshfield, and he also worked for Tecumseh Engine Products for many years. Benno has been a blood donor for many years. He spent several years playing baseball in the East Shore League. He was a big fan of the Wisconsin Badgers. He was the president of the “We Love to Dance” club for numerous years.
Survivors include his wife, Florence; his children, Joe “Smoky” Wagner, Dan “Frisco” (Betty) Wagner, Bette (Randy) Backhaus, Gary (Jan) Wagner, Joan Wagner, Randy “Bronson” Wagner; daughters-in-law, Kathy Wagner and Mary Carol Wagner; his stepchildren, Donna (Bob) Boelk, Gail (Loren) Bonlender, Marion (Eric) Schuenemann, Monica Wise, Stanley (Lisa) Ruplinger, and Stuart (Linda) Ruplinger. Benno is also survived by many grandkids, great-grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, and a step great-great-grandchild, as well as his brother-in-law, Ken (Mary) Braun; his sister-in-law, Janice Braun; countless nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends. His parents, Peter and Gertrude Wagner; his first wife, Bernice; three sons, Paul, Larry, and Tom Wagner; two brothers, Ray and Alfred Wagner; three sisters, Martha Halter, Alma Kraus, and Christina Schmitz; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law preceded him in death.