Ruth F. Wagner
Ruth F. Wagner
  • October 20, 1917 - July 17, 2016
  • Marengo, Illinois

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Ruth Wagner, 98, of Marengo passed away July 17, 2016 at Florence Nursing Home in Marengo.
She was born October 20, 1917 in Riley Township to William and Iva (Russell) French.
After growing up on many farms in northern Illinois and living in several states, Ruth finally returned to her beloved Marengo in 1948, where she resided ever since. Ruth worked at both McGill's and Arnold Engineering before becoming an Avon lady, for which she is best known. Ruth was also very active in the VFW Auxiliary and was a faithful member of the Marengo United Methodist Church.
Ruth is survived by her children, John (Antje) Locke and Judith (Nolan) Bradford; her grandchildren, Jane Rensinger, Nancy Ridenour, David Locke, and Scott Miller; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Locke and second husband, LaVerne Wagner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8pm on Thursday, July 21 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. The service will be at 11am on Friday, July 22 at Marengo United Methodist Church, 119 E. Washington St., Marengo.
Interment will be in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock.
Memorials may be made to National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or at
For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131. Online condolences may be made at