Barbara Wagner

Barbara Wagner

In loving memory of Barbara Irene Wagner who passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at St Joseph’s Villa.


Barbara was born in Malden, Massachusetts on August 24, 1933 to Max and Hannah Shlafer. Max worked for the United Press, and the family moved to New Jersey, then Salt Lake City, where Barbara met Abe Wagner, whom she married in 1956. 

Barbara had many hobbies and talents. She could play the piano by ear, loved decorating, and had an extensive doll and dollhouse collection. Above all, Barbara cared for other people and looked to help those most in need.

Barbara’s greatest passion in life was in the support of homeless animals. She adopted countless cats, dogs and even birds, and assisted many animal shelters in placement and medical care. She never hesitated to open her purse and donated generously. 


Barbara was full of energy. When she was 60, she had the energy of a 20 year old. She loved diversity in her life, was not a procrastinator, and was always on the move. Her passion for collecting and assisting those in need brought her into contact with many, and she will be greatly missed.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Abe. She is survived by her sisters Dorothy Friedman, Frances Baron, brother Stuart Shlafer, daughters Candace and Robynn Wagner, grandchildren Aaron, Olivia and Dylan Vessel, nieces Tracey Friedman, Elisabeth Ruben, nephew Eric Baron, and many friends whom she considered dear family.


Services will be held at the Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, Utah at 10:30 AM on Thursday the 23rd of July. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St Joseph’s Villa or any animal shelter would be greatly appreciated.

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