Geraldine Margaret Renstrom Wager (Gerrie) passed away on Monday, August 14th, 2017, at the age of 80. She was born on April 8th 1937 in San Francisco, CA. She was the youngest of 5 children born to Christina and Conrad Renstrom. She was Catholic educated in the Jesuit tradition, attending Lone Mountain and Dominican University in San Rafael, CA, 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 her graduate work in Seattle Washington, 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, Il, St. Paul, MN, Edmonds, WA, finally settling in Portland, OR 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 after school tutoring business. She also was passionate about knitting and crocheting, she also constructed toys and games for teaching and made doll houses. Most recently she was spending her time as a volunteer with OHSU, Teaching at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and at the Farmer’s Market at OHSU.
She was most passionate, however about her family. She was completely devoted to her husband of 50 years, and to her 6 children, and her 9 grand children. 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 grand children: 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, August 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in NW Portland.
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
St. Mary’s Cathedral
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A Celebration of Life will follow at Elephant’s Deli on NW 22nd.
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