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George H. Wagner, Jr.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 28, 2015 @ 9:58 am In Obituaries | 37 Comments

George Wagner

George H. Wagner, Jr., 63, of Lancaster, passed away on November 21, 2015.  He was the loving husband of Rebecca Serfass Wagner to whom he was married to for 34 years.

Born in Pottstown, PA, he was the son of George H. Wagner Sr. and Sallie A. Miller Wagner.

A state champion hurdler in High School, he later went on to receive an undergraduate degree from Drexel University followed by a graduate degree from New Mexico State University.

George spent his professional career as a Civil Engineer specializing in wastewater treatment solutions acting as a true steward of the earth.

He was an Eagle Scout, an L-L League Science Fair judge for 20 years, a soccer coach, and an East-Pete swim team parent.  Most of all he was a dedicated father.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in East Petersburg, PA where he also served as the Nursery School Board President.

In addition to his wife Rebecca, he is survived by two sons, Matthew G. Wagner of Steilacoom WA and Daniel L. Wagner of Bellefonte PA; two sisters, Pamela Moss wife to Michael Moss of Las Vegas NV and Faye Carroll wife to Ken Carroll of Boothwyn PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in Trinity U.C.C., 2340 State St., East Petersburg, PA on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Christopher M. Rankin and the Rev. Harry Rohrer officiating.  Friends may greet the family informally after the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Trinity U.C.C. Building Project Fund (please see the address above).  To leave an online condolence for the family please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “George H. Wagner, Jr.”

Condolence from Grant and Cappy Panus on November 29th, 2015 8:12 am

Becky, Matt and Dan

George was a fine man, neighbor and most of all friend. It was a pleasure raising our families together, going to swim meets and relaxing together on a summers evenings.
We send our heartfelt wishes of sympathy and comfort to you at this very difficult time.
God bless and keep you strong as you as you prepare for your final goodbyes.
We are with you in spirit, in thoughts and our prayers.
Love and peace to you all
The Panus Family

Condolence from Karen Meck on November 29th, 2015 8:51 am

Dear Becky, Matt, & Dan,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband & father. We worked together at Rettew and he was so proud of his family. I truly enjoyed working with him and considered him more of a friend than a boss. Hugs and prayers for all of you, and cherish those memories.

Condolence from John Love on November 29th, 2015 9:44 am

I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of George at work, scouts, East Petersburg and mostly raising our children. I’ll never forget when we moved to East Pete and Michael and Heather were trying to adjust to a new neighborhood. The doorbell rang one day and it was George with Matt and Dan to say hello and welcome us to East Pete. That meant a lot to our family and I knew from that day that George was a class guy.
– John Love

Condolence from Kevin, Karen and Kiri Hassett on November 29th, 2015 7:14 pm

Becky, Matt and Dan,

We were saddened to hear of George’s passing. We have nothing but fond memories of our days together on the East Pete Swim Team.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go thru this very difficult time.

The Hassett’s

Condolence from Cheryl Hiester on November 30th, 2015 7:34 am

Dear Becky,
I am very sad to hear about George. I wish you and your sons peace through this difficult time.
Thinking of you,
Cheryl Hiester

Condolence from Ilsa Powell Diller on November 30th, 2015 9:45 am

Becky, Matt & Dan,

I am so sorry to hear about George. He was such a sweet man. Know that Genna, Mike and I are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. I know you have lots of wonderful memories that will be cherished.


Condolence from Dagmara Naruns on November 30th, 2015 11:07 am

Dear Dr. Wagner,

The entire staff of the Norristown Adult Evening School grieves with you. Be peaceful.


Dagmara and staff

Condolence from Aimee Firtz on November 30th, 2015 11:19 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family during this very difficult time!

Aimee Firtz

Condolence from Marina Lipkovskaya and Irina Sapiro on November 30th, 2015 11:22 am

Dear Becky,
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. We never met your husband, but we believe that he was an exclusively supporting and loving man who created wonderful life and career opportunities for you, and no one can replace him in your life. Please accept our deepest condolences. If you need anything, we are here for you.
With love,
Marina Lipkovskaya and Irina Sapiro

Condolence from Meg Ashenden on November 30th, 2015 11:30 am

You are in my thoughts. Hold those memories close.
Meg Ashenden

Condolence from Jeanne King on November 30th, 2015 12:07 pm

Dear Becky,
May warm memories help you through this very difficult time.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Jeanne King, CC-OIC

Condolence from The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians on November 30th, 2015 1:29 pm

To the Wagner Family,

The staff at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians extends our sincere condolences to the family. We wish everyone COMFORT and PEACE during this time and moving forward.

Condolence from Shirley Moy on November 30th, 2015 2:08 pm

Dear Becky,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your lifelong partner. There are not many couples that spend 34 plus years together, which must be a testimony to the love that the two of your shared with each other, as well as your children. I’m sure that time together is full of wonderful memories, that will sustain you in this time.

Condolence from Bahiya on November 30th, 2015 2:45 pm

Dear Becky,
I am very sad to hear about your husband. I wish you and your sons peace through this difficult time.
Sincere Condolences,
Bahiya Cabral-Johnson

Condolence from Rachel Zilcosky on November 30th, 2015 8:27 pm


My heart goes out to you and your boys. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Condolence from Tom & Ellie Hooley on December 1st, 2015 12:54 am

Dear Becky, Matt & Dan,
We hope to be as supportive in our prayers as your family has been to ours through years of school, swim team, and scouts. We cherish those memories and wish you peace.
The Hooley Family

Condolence from Aileen and Rob Evans on December 1st, 2015 5:27 am

Dear Becky, Matt, and Dan,

Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Aileen & Rob Evans

Condolence from Carol Shefrin on December 1st, 2015 7:50 am

Becky & Family~~~ So sorry to hear of your loss.
Carol Shefrin

Condolence from Quinn Dyrli on December 1st, 2015 8:39 am

I am so sorry for your loss, Rebecca. Praying for your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Kelly Davis on December 1st, 2015 8:48 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Sue Conrady on December 1st, 2015 10:11 am

Thinking of you and your family, Becky, and sending my sincere condolences. Life can be so hard.
Please let me know it there is anyway I can be of help or support.
One day at a time.

Condolence from john byrd on December 1st, 2015 10:45 am

It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.
The Bible, however, holds out a much different hope. The Scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunited with your dead loved one in the near future, not in an unknown heaven but right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. And at that time humans will have the prospect of enjoying perfect health, and they will never have to die again. Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37:29.

Condolence from Jill & Steve Graham on December 1st, 2015 1:22 pm

Dear Becky,

We were so surprised and sad to hear of George’s passing. We cherish our memories of times spent together at the pool and with scouts. Our most sincere condolences to you, Matt, and Dan.

Jill & Steve

Condolence from Joyce Chester on December 1st, 2015 2:32 pm

Dear Becky,

I did not know your husband, but I know how kind and wonderful you are and can only imagine he was just as kind and wonderful. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that time and prayer heals the wound. Thinking of you and your sons at this time.


Condolence from Mike & Lydia Morgan on December 1st, 2015 4:44 pm

Becky, Matt and Dan,

We offer our deepest condolences and wish you strength and comfort during this difficult time. Fond memories of George as we cheered for our kids over the years in soccer, lax and swimming … and trying to stay up with him as he sprinted to check points in x-country meets. You are all in our thoughts.

Mike & Lydia

Condolence from Rev. Jere and Judy Chapman on December 1st, 2015 6:58 pm

We were so very sorry to hear about Georges passing. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and your children at this time.

Condolence from Mary Way Way on December 1st, 2015 9:21 pm

BeckyMatt and Dan, So sorry to hear of Georges passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Jane Myers on December 2nd, 2015 10:29 am

Dear Becky,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Jennie Jamieson on December 2nd, 2015 10:49 am

Becky and Family,
My heart breaks at the news of George’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. Do not hesitate to contact me if (when) you need something.

Jennie Jamieson

Condolence from John and Sarah Paulukow on December 2nd, 2015 2:51 pm

Becky, Matt and Dan,
We are so sorry to hear about your husband and dad ‘s passing. Our heart hurts for you and we want you to know that you are in our prayers. May good memories surround you during this time.
Bless you all.

Your East Petersburg and Trinity UCC friends,
Sarah and John Paulukow and
Andrea Paulukow West

Condolence from Renata Henderson on December 3rd, 2015 12:25 pm

Dear Becky and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Prayers of comfort, peace, and support. In the most difficult times in life, God carries us through them. I pray that God gives you a peace that surpasses all understanding.


Renata Henderson

Condolence from John Krueger on December 3rd, 2015 1:02 pm

Dear Wagner Family,
I met George when he began working on the Intercourse Water System Project. It was obvious to me that he was a good man dedicated to stewardship of the Earth through his engineering. I pray that your are supported by this knowledge and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

John Krueger
Pennsylvania DEP

Condolence from Tricia Quynn on December 4th, 2015 7:40 am

Dear Becky,
I am so sorry to hear about your Husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.


Condolence from Eric Kronawetter on December 4th, 2015 11:41 pm

Dear Becky,
We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons.
Sincerely Eric and Darlene

Condolence from Irma Miller on December 9th, 2015 12:17 pm


I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.


Condolence from Kris Hettrick on December 10th, 2015 11:37 am

Dear Becky,

I wanted to pass along my condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know your husband but I can only imagine that to be your partner he had to be a wonderful person.

I wish you all the support you need during this difficult time.

All the best,

Condolence from Janet Harriger on December 14th, 2015 4:19 pm

Dear Becky, Matt, and Daniel,
I was shocked to hear of George’s passing. He was such a vibrant man!
Please accept my condolences on this huge loss for all of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Janet Harriger

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