John Wagner, 50

John Paul Wagner, 50, of Minneapolis, died of natural causes Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at his home.

He was born December 12, 1961, a son of Herbert and Dolores Wagner. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of English and Education from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. John was self-employed (Wagner Tutoring) as an English teacher and second language tutor. He was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, and greatly enjoyed participating in liturgies and numerous parish activities. John traveled the world, from Scotland, to Thailand, to Italy, and more. He was part of a special Papal audience, and met with Mother Teresa of Calcutta on two occasions. He loved theater, and read thousands of books through tapes and CDs. He had an extraordinary memory and penchant for detail, making it hard to believe that he was blind for most of his life. While never intending to, he was an example of inspiration and hope to family, friends, and strangers alike.

He is survived by his parents, of Jordan; and sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews Mary W. Zbaracki, Duluth, and sons David (Anne) and their daughter Catherine, Chicago, IL, and Joseph, Duluth, Anne (Richard) Sanquini, Saratoga, CA, Joseph (Lucy) and children Sophia and Theodore, Jordan, James (Essie), Edina, Robert (Renee) and children Clayton and Christine, Belle Plaine, Anthony (Jackie), Little Canada, William (Karen) and daughter Elizabeth, Chaska, and Gerald, Belle Plaine.

He was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Robert; nephew Edward James Zbaracki; and his grandparents.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 10, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church in Jordan.

Visitation was held for one hour prior to the services.

Burial was held at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan.

Arrangements were with the Wagner Funeral Home, Jordan.

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