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Longtime Pepper Fest cook Hattie Wagner dies at 95

Longtime North Hudson resident Hattie Florence Wagner, 95, died June 4, at her home.

Longtime North Hudson resident Hattie Florence Wagner, 95, died June 4, at her home.

Wagner was born on April 3, 1919, in Elstow, Canada, the daughter of Spencer and Mary (McLean) Porter. She grew up in Roberts, and graduated from Warren Union High School.

On Jan. 18, 1945, she was united in marriage to Robert Martin Wagner in Stillwater and their marriage was blessed with five children.

During World War II, Wagner worked at United Refrigeration Company as a phone clerk. She also clerked at dime stores. However, for most of her life, Wagner worked as a cook at Hudson Junior High.

Wagner cooked both professionally and for her family. If she didn't have a recipe off the top of her head, she could look through the litany of cookbooks she collected, as she loved to read through them to get ideas.

She also enjoyed participating in North Hudson Pepper Fest.

She loved sewing, crocheting, and knitting for her family and friends. Those who knew her said she never missed a special occasion, anniversary, or birthday by sending a greeting card. Although she may have been strong willed and independent, she was always thinking of others and was willing to do anything for them.

She is survived by her children: Robert J. (Diana) Wagner of Hudson, Valerie J. Strukel of Eveleth, Minn., and Denice K. (Dennis) Anderson of Hudson, her nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Wagner was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; infant son, Dennis; son, William Wagner; sister, Esther Simpson; and brother, Spencer Porter.

Funeral services were Monday, June 9, at First Presbyterian Church. Interment at Willow River Cemetery with her grandsons serving as casket bearers. Her obituary is in the June 12 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer.