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Anita Wagner

October 11, 1926 — October 29, 2021

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Anita Lucille Wagner, 95, Tuttle, entered into the gates of heaven on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at English Lutheran Church, Tuttle.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Funeral Service, Bismarck. A prayer service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Burial will be held at Tuttle Cemetery, Tuttle.

Anita was born October 11, 1926 on a farm south of Arena to Martin and Emelia (Leno) Heidt. She attended a one-room country school south of Arena. That school is now located at Buckstop Junction. She graduated from Tuttle High School and from Valley City Teachers College with a teaching certificate. She continued her education while being a teacher, farm wife and mother with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 from Mary College.

She married Carl Wagner of Tuttle on June 24, 1945. To this union, two children were born: Carol (Vern) Jurgens and Ronald (Dorothy Wheelis) Wagner.

Anita was an elementary teacher for 33 years teaching at rural schools near Tuttle, Arena and Wing as well as Wing Public School. She was beloved by her students and treasured their friendships throughout her life. In addition, she assisted Carl on the farm they purchased north of Arena.

She was an active member of English Lutheran Church, Tuttle, where she spent many years as a church treasurer. She had also been a Sunday School teacher while a member of Zion Langedahl Lutheran Church. Anita was a charter member of Germans from Russia Heritage Society and served as secretary for a time. She was also a treasurer for the Tuttle Senior Center for a time.

Anita and Carl retired from the farm to Tuttle in 1986. In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening and for years provided flowers for the altar at English Lutheran Church. They enjoyed traveling to most states as well as Europe and Mexico. They also traveled to Germany and Russia in search of their roots.

Anita’s greatest passion was genealogy and she authored two books assisted by her brother, Don. They were “Heidt Ancestry” and “Wagner Family” for which her family will be forever indebted. She was recognized for this accomplishment by GRHS at their convention. In addition, she had assembled multiple three-ring binders about people and their history as well as photographs. Her focus was the people and their stories.

She is survived by her husband, Carl; daughter, Carol (Vern) Jurgens; son, Ronald (Dorothy); grandchildren, Michelle (Tony) Huseby, Nicole (Tom) Nosbusch and Russell (Laurie) Wagner; grandson-in-law, Sean Windsor; great-grandchildren, Shea and Carly Huseby, Austin, Evan and Ryan Wagner, Carter and Ashlyn Nosbusch, and Abby and Jaxson Windsor; step great-grandchild, Cooper Hamm; brothers, Earl (Violet), Marvin (Marlyce), Donald and James (Norma); sisters, Dorothy Scherbenske and Lorene (Harry) Larson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Heidt; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews from several states, all of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Joyce (Wagner) Windsor; brothers, Wilbert and Clifford; sisters-in-law, Agnes Heidt and Ardella Heidt; and brother-in-law, Charles Scherbenske.

Well done, good and faithful servant!

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