Lorraine Wagner

1934 - 2021

Fort Collins


Lorraine (Lorrie) L Wagner (Stewart)(Bash)


Lorraine (Lorrie) Wagner passed peacefully away in her sleep on July 1, 2021, at the golden age of 87.  She was born in Lebanon County, PA, the daughter of Edna E. (Donkel) Wagner and Paul Smith Wagner.  Following graduation from Albright College in ’55 in Reading, PA, she married John Bash and moved to New Haven, CT, where she did social work and taught high school for 6 years in order for her husband to earn his PhD.  She had two incredible daughters:  Cindy Fisher and Lynne Hetherton.  Following her divorce in 1968, she earned a Master’s degree in 1972 from Colorado State University in Child Development and Family Studies.  She coordinated the Poudre R1 Head Start and Early Childhood Programs from 1972 until 1993.  During that time she was recognized by the US Office of Education for significant contributions to the education of disadvantaged children.  She was also awarded the 1993 Fort Collins Human Relations Award.  She had a deep commitment to young children and valued her associates and colleagues in addition to having great respect for the parents and children involved during her many years with the PSD early childhood programs.


Her life reflected what she believed:  “doing for others was part of the rent she paid for being on this earth.”   Her life was filled with people of good sentiment, love of family, pets, friends, travel, and flowers.


Following retirement, she did extensive volunteer work in the Fort Collins community:  Hospice of Larimer County, Fort Collins Read-Aloud, League of Women Voters, Education and Life Training Center, Elderhaus, Sunshine Singers, Bright Beginnings, the Linus Project and the Gardens at Spring Creek.  While a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, she coordinated a Homeless Prevention Initiative for 10 years.


She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Scott Fisher of Fort Collins and Lynne and Byron Hetherton of California.  Also, a beloved niece Cathy and husband Rob Eldridge of Pennsylvania.


In lieu of a memorial, flowers, or a tree and keeping with their mother’s wishes and lifetime commitment to serving others, the family is asking that people honor her memory and celebrate her life by donating their time/money to programs in the community that support children or the disadvantaged.

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Jane Haack-DeBroux

July 18, 2021 6:50 PM

Lorrie and I worked together in the early years of Early Childhood, when the school district was first expanding into EC Special Education.  She was such a lovely woman and so committed to serving children, and I learned much from her.  She was so well-respected among professionals in our community.  I smiled when I looked at her "retirement" volunteer work - it looks like she kept right on contributing - so Lorrie! My condolences to her family.

Linda Burke

July 14, 2021 12:37 PM

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Brenda Rader Mross

July 12, 2021 3:51 PM

Dear Lorrie's People,

Lorrie was dear to my daughters and me. Now adults with careers in education, Molly and Erin grew up watching their mom watch Lorrie lead Fort Collins Read-Aloud as only Lorrie could. Molly and I had dinner with Lorrie a few times, and always came away full of love and admiration for this amazing woman.

Thinking of You...

Brenda Rader Mross

Sue Beck-Ferkiss

July 12, 2021 9:24 AM

Lorrie was a true blessing to so many in the community. It is fitting that her quote in the obituary was about rent. Lorrie helped thousands of people including many many children retain housing which stabilized their and our world. Her caring listening was a gift unto itself. Her beautiful spirit  and smile will be missed and her numerous contributions will be remembered.

Phil and Betty Weber

July 11, 2021 7:32 PM

An individual who gave so much to others!

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