Van Wagner, Doris

Written by David Green.

Doris Van Wagner, 80,  of Tecumseh,  Mich., and formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 9, 2010 at Toledo Hospital. 

Doris was born March 17, 1930, in Morenci to Russell and Florence (Elarton) Fletcher. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1948. On Jan. 10, 1954, she married Hal Van Wagner and he survives.

She was employed as the county secretary for the Farm Bureau Organization and retired in 1995.

Doris was an avid traveler and enjoyed  camping with her husband and family and spending three to four months every winter in Florida. Her many hobbies included exercising, needlepoint, shopping, reading and spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, Hal, she is survived by a son, Mark (and Debbie) Van Wagner of Dollar Bay, Mich.; two daughters, Lynda (and Jim) Schumacher of Brooklyn, Mich., and Kelly (and Ryan) Roesler of Tecumseh; one brother, Neil (and Jean) Fletcher of Tallahassee, Fla., and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lyle Fletcher of Orlando, Fla.

Memorial services are planned at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Morenci, with Rev. Jack Cahill and Pastor Jack Mannschreck officiating. By her request, cremation will take place prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci First Congregational United Church of Christ or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Arrangements were made by the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home. 

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