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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