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Submitted by Rob Wagner–
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Joyce (Myers) Wagner, 95, who passed away on July 6, 2022 after a short illness, surrounded by her grandchildren. Joyce was born November 30, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, to Otho and Emma Myers. At age 16 she married Richard Eugene Wagner, who preceded her in death in 2000. Joyce found love two more times: first with Al Schnaidt until his passing in 2005, then with Stan Thompson until his passing in 2022.

Joyce Wagner

She was also preceded in death by her parents, all three sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandchild; Ronald and Shelia Wagner, Allen Wagner, and Terry Wagner and his son Travis Wagner. As well as all 5 of her siblings: Wesley Myers, Jerry Myers, Shirley Ritter, Carol Steffey, and Donald Myers.

She is survived by her daughters-in-law Lynndie (Allen) Wagner of Ripon and Sherry (Terry) Wagner of Elk Grove; her grandchildren Deborah (Paul) Capolungo of Grass Valley, Jodi (Steve) Catena of San Pedro, Kristi Wagner of Moorpark, Robbie (Janice) Wagner of Ripon, Candace (Tim) Rhodes of Ripon, Richard (Monica) Wagner of Manteca, Terry Wagner Jr. of Elk Grove; her great-grandchildren Kayleigh, Kendall, Shon, Jeremy, Grayson, Lucie, Violet, Ashlynn, Jacob, Dallas, Dakota, Cheyenne, and Trevor; and great-great-granddaughters Audrey and Riley.

Joyce grew up in Los Angeles riding the streetcar to visit her dad who was a chef at the famous Pig-n-Whistle. After her marriage, Joyce taught preschool for many years in Whittier. The family loved the outdoors and would spend most of the summer water skiing and tent camping at Pillsbury Lake with an incredible group of friends. Joyce continued to water ski into her 70s. In 1977, Joyce and Dick moved to a 5-acre property in Wilton.

Joyce loved to garden and her strawberry patch was legendary. In 1986, they moved to Citrus Heights where Joyce has been involved in many of the activities of Lakeview Village. She was an active member of the Carmichael Elks Lodge, going on many camping trips with the Traveling Elks and serving at Thursday night dinners. She was an usher for Music Box Theater and a member of WPAC.

Joyce loved to travel internationally, visiting countless countries and living life to the fullest. Princess Cruises would call with a last-minute offer and she’d be packed and out the door. She loved dressing to the nines and she and Dick were tickled when people tried to guess what profession these two elegant people held. They cleared the dance floor regularly with their quick steps. She loved to entertain and was always up for a party.

Her Christmas presents were wrapped so beautifully that even as kids we’d pause to admire them before opening. Most of all, she will be remembered by her grandchildren for her love of dancing, card games, creativity, and good food.

Joyce will be dearly missed by both family and friends.

Please join us in celebrating her life this Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Lakeview Village Clubhouse, 6211 Summerset Lane, Citrus Heights, California.

*Publisher’s Note: As a free service to family members who have lost a loved one, The Sentinel publishes online obituaries of Citrus Heights residents or former residents at no cost. To submit an obituary, click here

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