Darlene M. Wagner, 80, formerly of La Porte City, died December 4, 2013, at Solon Nursing Care Center. She was born on March 29, 1933, on a farm in Chickasaw County, daughter of Rudolph T. and Marie Weidler Mikes. She married Edwin M. Wagner in 1956; he preceded her in death in August of 1988.
She graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1950 and attended Wartburg College and University of Colorado at Boulder receiving her degree in elementary education. She taught first and second grade and special reading for 34½ years at the La Porte City Community Schools.
She was active in Sacred Heart Church and the St. Ann Circle. She was a member of the National Education Association. Darlene enjoyed reading, attending sporting events supporting her children, grandchildren, and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
She is survived by two sons, David (Michele) Wagner of Iowa City, and Paul (Margaret) Wagner of Cedar Rapids; one daughter Linda (Michael) Kelley of Mt. Pleasant; eight grandchildren, Melissa and Matthew Wagner of Iowa City, Sheila, Adam and Nicole Wagner of Cedar Rapids, and Daniel, Jackson and Grace Kelley of Mt Pleasant; two sisters, Barbara (Harold) Diemer of Hawkeye and Georgia (Jerry) Gitch of Sumner.
Preceding her in death were her husband Edwin and her parents.
A Memorial Mass was held December 9, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with inurnment in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Hawkins Memorial Library.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.