Death Notices

Madelyn M. Sanberg Wagner, 81

Madelyn M. Sanberg Wagner, 81, died at her home in Grangeville from Alzheimer’s Disease on Sunday, November 26, 2006.

She was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Jerome, Idaho. She lived in Jerome until 1942 when the family moved to Grangeville. She graduated from Grangeville High School in 1943. She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and was president of the Alpha Chi Omega House. She graduated from the U of I in 1947. She received numerous honors as a student there.

After graduation she taught school and then married her high school sweetheart, John Wagner on Aug. 11, 1948. She taught school in Moscow until she and her husband moved back to Grangeville in 1950.

She sang and directed the Sts. Peter and Paul Church choir for more than 40 years. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, fishing, camping, golfing and skiing. She also loved to play bridge and was a member of two clubs. She was active in PEO, Busy Homemakers Society, Grangeville Country Club Women’s Golf Association and Camas Choristers. She and John traveled throughout the world and enjoyed RVing throughout the United States and Canada. They visited all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii as members of the Good Sam Club.

She was a devoted wife and mother of three as well as a beloved grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years at the family home in Grangeville; son, Jim Wagner, of Grangeville; and daughter Margaret Wagner of Portland, Ore. She is also survived by son-in-law, Terry Vanderwall, of Grangeville and brother Jim Sanberg of Moscow; four grandchildren: Jason Vanderwall of Lolo, Mont., Mark Vanderwall of Grangeville, Jill Wagner of Moscow and Samuel WagnerForster of Portland. In addition, she is survived by four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Vanderwall, in January 2003.

A rosary will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville and a Funeral Mass will follow on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., also at the church. Burial will follow the mass at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville with a reception to follow at the Sts. Peter and Paul Gymnasium. Friends may call on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.

Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville is in charge of the arrangements. Send condolences to the family at

The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Lorna Hitchcock, Alice Fergason and Sherry Jolliff for the past three years of excellent care. In addition, they thank all others who helped in the care of Madelyn.