Sue Wagenson, 72, Camp Douglas

Sue C. Wagenson, 72, of Camp Douglas, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the Serenity House in Tomah.

She was born Jan. 11, 1945, to Julius and Gloria (Purdy) Kochinski, in Sparta. She grew up in the Wyeville area, and was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Shennington. Sue was a member of the Tomah High School Graduating Class of 1963. She attended college for nursing and worked at the University of Wisconsin Madison Cancer ward for one year.

She was united in marriage to Rod Wagenson March 12, 1964, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Four days after their wedding, Rod had orders to be stationed at Fort Knox. While Rod was on active duty they lived in Maryland and Lakeville, Minnesota, before moving back to the Camp Douglas area in 1965. In 1968 they bought the family homestead, where they raised their three children. Sue worked for the M & I Bank for many years before retiring in 2005. She also worked for Catering Cousins from 2008 until 2016. After her retirement, she would often say that taking care of Rod was her full time job. She was the co-owner of the Cedar Post Clothing Store in New Lisbon with Dawn Linder. She was an avid gardener, always had a keen eye for fashion and a stylish sense. She was a lifelong member of the St. Peter’s and St. Stephen’s congregations and was a member of the ELCA Ladies Group. Sue loved to travel and took several trips with her family and friends. She visited Florida, Texas, Jamaica and New York with her girls to name a few places. She was extremely crafty and loved decorating her house, Christmas was one of her favorite times of the year. She had a quiet demeanor and enjoyed reading, and spending time with her doggy, Maudie. Most important to Sue was her family. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother. When it came to her grandchildren she was always concerned, interested and a part of their lives.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Rod, of Camp Douglas; mother, Gloria of Tomah; children, Melissa (Brian) Chambers of Tomah, Jon (Kelli) Wagenson of Lewiston, Minnesota and Paul (Lana) Wagenson of Camp Douglas; grandchildren, Rebecca (Peter) Kramer of Waukesha, Elizabeth Wagenson of Burnsville, Minnesota, Christian Wagenson of Camp Douglas, Allison Chambers of Eau Claire, Abigail Wagenson of Camp Douglas, Olivea Chambers of Tomah and Nathanial Wagenson of Camp Douglas; brothers and sisters, Owen Kochinski or Reno, Nevada, Michael (Rita) Kochinski of Plover, Joyce Murphy of De Forest, David Kochinski of Wausau, Dawn (Dennis) Linder of Warrens and Michelle (Marc) Nordstrom of Stoughton; sisters-in-law, Gyneth Ness of Camp Douglas and Susan Wagenson of Shiocton; god-children; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; brothers-in-law, Jerry Wagenson and Marlin Ness, who died just hours prior.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 215 Douglas St., Camp Douglas. Pastor Jeff Ruetten will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, Nov. 24, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family’s request the memorials be made to Tomah Serenity House and to the St. Stephen’s Church in memory of Sue.

The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to