Jean M. Lewis, 73

Jean M. Lewis, 73, died suddenly after a brave fight against a very aggressive cancer on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She had recently returned to Bluffton to enjoy her retirement.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1938, the daughter of Charles Bernard Lewis and Catherine Bockrath, and they preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Kevin Wagner of Bluffton, Paul (Tina) Wagner of Middletown and Daryl (Wendy) Wagner of Dayton; her grandchildren, James Stefan, Jessica Wagner, Brigitte Wagner, Sarah Wagner, Joe Wagner and Cole Wagner; her great-granddaughter, Diamond Wagner; her nephews, Scot Lewis, Brian Lewis and Bob Lewis; and her extended grandchildren, Courtney Peli, Dustin Woost and Aiden Spatola.

She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Wagner; her brother, James Lewis.

She graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School. She became a registered nurse after completing courses at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing School in Dayton. She followed a friend to Cleveland, where she met her former husband, Richard Wagner, on a blind date. She had four sons. She returned to school and obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1973 at Bluffton College. She divorced and started her career in geriatric nursing.

She gave a lifetime of service as a nurse working for many nursing homes. She retired from Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta on Oct. 28, after 16 years of service. She devoted her life to the needs of others and was well known for her selfless sacrifices she endured to aid her family and her friends.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed quiet times at Grand Lake enjoying a good book. Her favorite author was Agatha Christie. Her passion for words was also displayed in her love of the game of Scrabble. She will be deeply missed

There will be a private memorial service for her family and friends.

Arrangements are by Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services in Bluffton. Online condolences may be expressed at