Catharine Louise Wagner of San Clemente, California peacefully passed away on April 20, 2021 at 83 years old. Cathy was born on April 25, 1937 in San Bernardino, California. After graduating from Saint Bernadines High School in 1955, she received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of San Diego. She returned to San Bernardino, earned her teaching credential and taught elementary school.
Besides working as a teacher, she was also active in the Catholic Singles Group which is where she fell in love and married Philip B. Wagner on August 4, 1962. They had 4 children: Maria, Karen (deceased), Burton and Sheila. Cathy always felt her most important job was raising and caring for her family, so she focused on that full time. However, she never stopped taking advantage of any teaching opportunity she had with her kids and their friends, including occasionally substituting at her children’s school. And more opportunities to teach children came when grandchildren arrived. Cathy was a devote Catholic and loved hosting and entertaining family and friends, as well as going on family vacations. Cathy was also very active in several charities including Lawyer’s Wives, Santa Clause Inc, Catholic Charities and the San Clemente Women’s Club.
Cathy is proceeded in death by Phil and Karen. She is survived by her two daughters Maria Chappelear and husband Duke and Sheila Lynch and husband Marty, and son Burton Wagner and wife Veronique, plus grandchildren Keoni, Eowyn, Reed, John, Kirra and many nieces and nephews. She loved them all.
Cathy will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be given to Catholic Charities or the American Lung Association.