Geraldine Margaret Renstrom Wager: 1937-2017

Aug 23, 2017

Geraldine Margaret Renstrom Wager (Gerrie) passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at age 80.

She was born April 8, 1937, in San Francisco, the youngest of five children born to Christina and Conrad Renstrom. She was Catholic-educated in the Jesuit tradition, attending Lone Mountain and Dominican University in San Rafael, California, and then Seattle University, where she did her graduate work in elementary and secondary education.

Soon after, she began on her lifelong journey of being a teacher. After doing graduate work in Seattle, she was asked by a friend to go on a blind date in 1965 that became a turning point in her life. She met a dashing young man named Kevin Wager, with whom she developed a romantic and loving relationship.

Married in 1966, they welcomed their first of six children. Over the course of the following 50 years, Gerrie and her family established friendships and made memories in Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota; Edmonds; and finally settling in Portland, Oregon, in 1992.

During that time, Gerrie never stopped teaching and never stopped pursuing educational opportunities. After taking time off to raise her children, she went back to teaching, substituting and then as a full- time classroom teacher. During her time in Edmonds, she also opened a bookstore and afterschool tutoring business

She also was passionate about knitting and crocheting. She also constructed toys and games for teaching and made dollhouses. Most recently, she was spending her time as a volunteer with OHSU, teaching at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and at the farmers Market at OHSU.

She was most passionate, however, about her family. She was completely devoted to her husband of 50 years, and to her six children, and nine grandchildren. She always had a spirited and positive interest in the lives of all with whom she was close, and her assistance, advice and patience were gifts she shared with everyone.

She is survived by her children: Tina Wager Wyszynski, Shauna Wager Robertson, Terrence Wager, John Wager, Maggie Wager Conrad and Beth Wager, as well as her grandchildren: Zander and Mattie Wyszynski, Aidan, Gavin and Clara Conrad, Seamus and Hannah Robertson and Simon and Gregory Wager.

A Celebration of life for Gerrie will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in northwest Portland.




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