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-Agatha Spinner-

Agatha (Aggie) Spinner, 92, died Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Gundersen Lutheran Hospice.   On January 1, 1918 in Nashua, Iowa a New Year’s baby was born to Henry J. Wagner and Mathilda Gavin Wagner. Her name was Agatha Vera. She attended country schools in Caledonia, MN and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Lansing in 1934. 

After graduation Agatha worked at the Lansing Company. On October 16, 1944 she was joined in marriage to John Pete Spinner and in January of 1948 she had twins and became a stay at home mom, with nephew John Gruber, whom she raised, joining the family four years later. In 1969 she returned to the Lansing Company and worked there until her retirement.

Agatha was a dutiful and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend. She was a devoted Christian Mother and a firm believer in the power of prayer, especially the Rosary. She was an active member of I.C. Parish in Lansing, an ACCW member and past officer, a charter member of the Aquinas Study Club, and a volunteer at I.C. school. 

Aggie will be remembered as a wonderful caregiver, a gracious hostess, and a writer of poetry. She loved the Christmas holiday, opening her home to friends and family, and was known for her delicious homemade divinity. She was very proud of her Irish heritage, her Democratic politics, especially the Kennedys, and the beautiful geraniums on her front porch.

She will be sadly missed by her daughter Emily (Sam) Bell of Columbus Junction, IA and nephew John H. Gruber of La Crosse, WI, sister-in-law Laverne Spinner and brother-in-law Louis P. Spinner, both of Lansing, many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends. 

Agatha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, John Pete Spinner; a son, Robert J. Spinner; four sisters, Coletta Omdall, Marie Wagner, Catherine Lee, Cecelia Gruber; and four brothers-in-law, Paul P. Spinner, Charles P. Spinner, Earling Omdahl, Ervin Gruber, and George Lee. 

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010,  at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing, IA. Father Daniel Knipper officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.   Memorials may be sent for Gethsemane Cemetery Fund.

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