Betty Wagner was a kind and compassionate woman who was devoted to her children and grandchildren, said Bill Wagner, her husband of 57 years.
She was passionate about the arts, and was good at mediating and reconciling people with differences.
“She could see something good in everyone, and bring it out of them,” he said. “She was a reconciler. She could understand any position, and was passionate about what she cared about.”
Betty Wagner, 79, of Valparaiso, died Oct. 15. She was involved in numerous organizations, including being a past president and board member of 18 Artists. She also was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Tri Kappa.
She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1956 and a second bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1985, both from Valparaiso University.
Wagner enjoyed traveling, and always wanted to visit new places, her husband said. She loved visiting museums and going to art shows.
She loved creating porcelain artwork, and had made the city seal that hangs in the Valparaiso City Council Chambers.
“Joy was to be in her studio, doing artwork and listening to classical music,” Bill Wagner said.
Wagner said is wife was a friend to many, and treated everyone she met with kindness and respect.
“There wasn’t anyone she was ever cross with,” he said. “She didn’t live her life in anger. She lived her life in joy and in enjoying other people.”