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Rose Marie Wagner

Brighton, Colorado

March 25, 1941 - June 4, 2024

Rose Marie Wagner Obituary

Rose Marie (Krantz) Wagner, 83, of Brighton, passed away at her home on June 4, 2024, where she had resided for 59 years. She was born on March 25, 1941, in Brighton, to John and Clara (Weaver) Krantz. She was the oldest of six children, survived by siblings John Krantz of Brighton, Colorado, Pat Tillotson of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Marge Fitch of Northglenn, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her two younger brothers, Donny and Tommy Krantz, in November 1964.

Rose spent her younger years playing with and taking care of her siblings. One of her favorite pastimes was going to Dutch hops, and she could really dance! Most weekends, you would find her and her family at the local Dutch hop alongside many of the aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was always a good time for all. If there wasn’t a dance to be found, it was not uncommon for the furniture to be cleared out of the kitchen and turned into a dance hall, with more merrier attendees, and usually several cousins pounding on the piano or bringing their own instruments for a grand time.

Rose had a calling to become a nun. She attended the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent in Great Bend, Kansas, for one year in ninth grade. However, before she received her final orders, she stepped down, knowing that having a family and children was her heart’s desire. Rose was a Brighton Bulldog alumna, attending and graduating from Brighton High School in 1958. She was the first of three generations to graduate as a Bulldog and was very proud of that.

After graduation, she worked for Radio Products in downtown Denver and later at the 1st Bank and Trust of Brighton as a bookkeeper. In 1972, she went to work as a teacher’s aide and spent 21 years at Northeast Elementary in Brighton. It was a job that was a perfect match for her; she loved helping and working with children of all ages, and they loved her. In 1991, she retired to be a full-time gramma, a role in which she truly excelled. She helped raise and babysit each of her grandchildren, so they never had to go to daycare. They went to Gramma Rose’s Daycare, which she opened a few years after retirement.

In 1961, she met the love of her life, Daniel Wagner, while he was home on leave from the United States Navy. They married the following year on February 24 and were married just shy of 55 years. They were married in the old Saint Augustine Church, where she was baptized, made her First Communion, and Confirmation. After the wedding, they moved to San Diego, California, until Daniel finished his time in the Navy. Ironically, they lived in a small house on Rosecrans Avenue. They returned to Brighton, CO, where they would spend the rest of their lives. In August 1962, they welcomed their son, Danny, and in November 1963, their daughter, Debbie.

As a family, they enjoyed going to the Grand Mesa for fishing, hiking, and relaxing almost every summer. She enjoyed fishing, finding wildflowers, camping, and spending time around a campfire. It was also not uncommon to find her and the family at a local racetrack. She was an avid fan of the local racers and enjoyed watching NASCAR on TV even up to the Sunday before she passed away, always seeming to pick her favorite driver as the one her husband did not like, and vice versa.

Rose’s greatest joys in life were her children, who she said were "her world" until she became a gramma, which then became her greatest joy. She was blessed with six grandchildren: Jennifer Meyer-Conley, Jaimee Meyer, Enea Lovelady, Garron Wagner, Cassidy MacDonald, and Logan Wagner; and four great-grandchildren: Elias, Kinslee, Dani, and Kanan, with one more on the way. She also had many daycare kids who referred to her as Gramma Rose.

She is also survived by Danny (Leah) Wagner and Debbie (Randy) Meyer of Brighton; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and many wonderful caregivers who became family. She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Wagner Jr., her parents John and Clara Krantz, her infant grandson Tyler Meyer, and three infant great-grandchildren.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rose Marie Wagner hosted by Tabor Funeral Home, Inc..

Rose Marie (Krantz) Wagner, 83, of Brighton, passed away at her home on June 4, 2024, where she had resided for 59 years. She was born on March 25, 1941, in Brighton, to John and Clara (Weaver) Krantz. She was the oldest of six children, survived by siblings John Krantz of Brighton, Colorado, Pat Tillotson of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Marge Fitch of Northglenn, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her two younger brothers, Donny and Tommy Krantz, in November 1964.

Rose spent her younger years playing with and taking care of her siblings. One of her favorite pastimes was going to Dutch hops, and she could really dance! Most weekends, you would find her and her family at the local Dutch hop alongside many of the aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was always a good time for all. If there wasn’t a dance to be found, it was not uncommon for the furniture to be cleared out of the kitchen and turned into a dance hall, with more merrier attendees, and usually several cousins pounding on the piano or bringing their own instruments for a grand time.

Rose had a calling to become a nun. She attended the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent in Great Bend, Kansas, for one year in ninth grade. However, before she received her final orders, she stepped down, knowing that having a family and children was her heart’s desire. Rose was a Brighton Bulldog alumna, attending and graduating from Brighton High School in 1958. She was the first of three generations to graduate as a Bulldog and was very proud of that.

After graduation, she worked for Radio Products in downtown Denver and later at the 1st Bank and Trust of Brighton as a bookkeeper. In 1972, she went to work as a teacher’s aide and spent 21 years at Northeast Elementary in Brighton. It was a job that was a perfect match for her; she loved helping and working with children of all ages, and they loved her. In 1991, she retired to be a full-time gramma, a role in which she truly excelled. She helped raise and babysit each of her grandchildren, so they never had to go to daycare. They went to Gramma Rose’s Daycare, which she opened a few years after retirement.

In 1961, she met the love of her life, Daniel Wagner, while he was home on leave from the United States Navy. They married the following year on February 24 and were married just shy of 55 years. They were married in the old Saint Augustine Church, where she was baptized, made her First Communion, and Confirmation. After the wedding, they moved to San Diego, California, until Daniel finished his time in the Navy. Ironically, they lived in a small house on Rosecrans Avenue. They returned to Brighton, CO, where they would spend the rest of their lives. In August 1962, they welcomed their son, Danny, and in November 1963, their daughter, Debbie.

As a family, they enjoyed going to the Grand Mesa for fishing, hiking, and relaxing almost every summer. She enjoyed fishing, finding wildflowers, camping, and spending time around a campfire. It was also not uncommon to find her and the family at a local racetrack. She was an avid fan of the local racers and enjoyed watching NASCAR on TV even up to the Sunday before she passed away, always seeming to pick her favorite driver as the one her husband did not like, and vice versa.

Rose’s greatest joys in life were her children, who she said were "her world" until she became a gramma, which then became her greatest joy. She was blessed with six grandchildren: Jennifer Meyer-Conley, Jaimee Meyer, Enea Lovelady, Garron Wagner, Cassidy MacDonald, and Logan Wagner; and four great-grandchildren: Elias, Kinslee, Dani, and Kanan, with one more on the way. She also had many daycare kids who referred to her as Gramma Rose.

She is also survived by Danny (Leah) Wagner and Debbie (Randy) Meyer of Brighton; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and many wonderful caregivers who became family. She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Wagner Jr., her parents John and Clara Krantz, her infant grandson Tyler Meyer, and three infant great-grandchildren.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rose Marie Wagner hosted by Tabor Funeral Home, Inc..

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