Velma “Blondie” Wagner


Velma Marie “Blondie” Wagner, age 90 of Alexandria, SD died Monday, January 9, 2023 at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria, SD with burial at St. Mary of Mercy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Monday, January 16, 2023 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria, SD with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 PM.

Survivors include her children Joanne (John) Osnes, Black Hawk, SD, Carol (Scott) Campbell, Watertown, SD, Daniel (Lynette) Wagner, Sioux Falls, SD, Leonard (Joni) Wagner, Pryor, OK, Steven (Donna) Wagner, Sioux Falls, SD, Kenny (Deb) Wagner, Mitchell, SD; 20 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; one sister, Carolen (Robert) Weeks, Columbia, TN; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck, in 2002; a son, Greg, in 2006; her parents; four brothers, Melvin, Arthur, Kenneth and Glenn; two sisters, Ruth Lauer and Shirley Wagner Barker.

Blondie’s family is grateful for the loving care that she received at Avery Brady, Edgewood in Mitchell, and Diamond Care in Bridgewater over the past 4½ years and from Avera Hospice in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Blondie’s name to place a veterans’ statue in honor of the Blondie and Chuck Wagner Family, Gold Star Family of SSG Greg Wagner, at the Hanson County Court House.

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