Elizabeth Mary Wagner, of South Haven

April 29, 1911 — May 14, 2018

Elizabeth Mary Wagner, 107, of South Haven, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, at her daughter’s home under Hospice care.

She was born April 29, 1911, to Henry and Clara (Arras) von Stein in Hancock County, Ohio. Elizabeth married Harold Wagner on Aug. 12, 1939, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jenera, Ohio. They shared 43 years of marriage before his passing in 1982. Elizabeth was a teacher all her life. She was a student at Michigan Luther Seminary High School, the Martin Luther College in New Alm, Minnesota. Elizabeth taught in many Lutheran schools in Minnesota and Michigan. She founded VIP Visually Impaired Group. She was a former church organist and choir director. Elizabeth was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Sister Lakes.

Elizabeth Mary Wagner

She is preceded in death along with her parents and husband by siblings – Margaret von Stein, Martha Boehm, John von Stein, and Armon von Stein, Emma Searson, and Sam von Stein, one great granddaughter – Kayla Knittle.

Elizabeth is survived by her children – John (Sandy) Wagner of Dowagiac and Joann (Allen) Frank of South Haven, sisters-in-law – Mary Lee, Wilda, and Ruby von Stein, brother-in-law – Keith Greenwood, six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter also survive.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will follow visitation at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Schaller officiating at the funeral home. Elizabeth will be laid to rest next to her husband Harold at Chambers Cemetery in Geneva Township. Contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Lutheran Confession College Building Fund, 501 Grover Road

Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, or Redeemer Lutheran Church of Sister Lakes, 66325 M-152, Dowagiac. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, (269) 637-0333.

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports additional COVID-19 death

Dowagiac

Dowagiac restaurateur arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges

Buchanan

Bike Buchanan pedals last ride of season

Buchanan

Caring Circle Services relocating to Niles

Dowagiac

SMC Board of Trustees devotes day to long-range planning

Cass County

Cass County COA celebrates veterans with online photo, story project

Berrien County

Salvation Army seeks volunteers for annual campaign

Buchanan

Buchanan Field of Dreams Dog Park gets 10 new trees

News

Niles gives marijuana consumption centers the green light

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 164,274 cases, 7,239 deaths

Buchanan

Buchanan commissioners say goodbye to leaders, prepare for future

Dowagiac

Dowagiac receives USDA grant

Local Government

City council gives approval of funding for homeless aid, city administrator raise

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council encourages safe trick-or-treating

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Fire Department wins second straight Battle of The Badges blood drive

Berrien County

SMCAS seeks third wheelchair transport van

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Middle/Union High School report positive COVID-19 cases

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 161,907 cases, 7,211 deaths

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD superintendent announces retirement

Edwardsburg

DAR marks grave

Buchanan

Buchanan celebrates ‘Nicest Place in America’ honor Saturday

Dowagiac

Honor Credit Union gives back

News

MDHHS issues Emergency Order updating requirements for residential care facilities to allow for indoor visitation

Breaking News

Saturday morning shooting causes property damage in downtown Niles