The four siblings were quite literally spread across Canada.
As a result, they did not have many opportunities to all be together, in the same room, at the same time.
In July 1994, one of those rare instances occurred for Ellen’s father to get together with his Wagner siblings.
Seated (l. to r.) are Ivy (Harvey) Wagner, her husband Gordon Wagner, and Bernice (Wagner) Sexsmith. Standing (l. to r.) are Tess (Latimer) Wagner (Ellen’s mother), with Phyllis (Wagner) and her husband Ralph Moore.
As his absence in the photo is rather conspicuous, I suspect that the photo was taken by Ellen’s father Carl Wagner. It is likely that the four Wagner siblings got together likely in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Sadly, only Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Ralph are still with us, having just celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary!
When my wife Ellen’s grandparents celebrated the significant milestone of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1962, as is often the case for these events, a party was held.
Unfortunately, Ellen’s parents were unable to attend due to business commitments but Louis Jacob Gordon and Charlotte ‘Lottie’ (nee Faulkner) Wagner’s three other children and their spouses were present to celebrate the occasion.
Pictured below are the Wagner children with their parents: seated are Charlotte ‘Lottie’ (Faulkner) Wagner, Louis Jacob Gordon Wagner; and, standing left to right, Ralph and Phyllis (nee Wagner) Moore, Ivy (nee Harvey) and Gordon Wagner, and Bernice (nee Wagner) and Albert Sexsmith.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet any of these family members but that is changing. Taking advantage of recently being in the western part of Canada, I’ve now had the opportunity to meet with Ellen’s only surviving aunt and uncle, Ralph and Phyllis Moore. This year, Ralph and Phyllis celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary, a milestone that I have a tough time ‘wrapping’ my head around as it is an achievement of longevity and commitment so seldom enjoyed by couples.
Congratulations to both of them!