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Jacob Wagner of Hermitage passed away at 6:57 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System.  He was 93. 
Mr. Wagner was born May 22, 1924, in Krndia, Yugoslavia, a son of Jacob and Theresia (Rotanbicher) Wagner.  He moved to Austria during World War II for 10 years where he married his wife, the former Elizabeth Richter, on April 18, 1949.  Jacob immigrated to the United States in 1952 with his wife and son and settled in Farrell before moving to Hermitage in 1966.  He retired in 1984 from Sharon Steel's former Farrell plant, where he was employed for 32 years. 
Jacob was an active member of St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, where he served on parish council for 15 years and was an usher.  He was also a member of the men's singing group at the Maennerchor Club in Sharon during the 1970s.  Jacob enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching any type of sports, especially soccer, and took great pride in his yard work.  He was also an all-around handyman. 
Surviving is his wife, Elizabeth Wagner, at home; a son, Otto Wagner and his wife Yenza, in China; a daughter, Monica Hanrahan and her husband James, West Middlesex; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Costello and her husband Mike, Marietta, Ga.; Kristopher Hanrahan and his wife Jenna, Pittsburgh; and Bryan Hanrahan, also Pittsburgh; two great-grandchildren, Will and Nora Costello; a step-granddaughter, Jennifer Kollar and her husband Jeff and their daughter Breah, Sharon; and nieces and nephews. 
Jacob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Frank Wagner; a sister, Barbara Sarka; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wagner; and a brother-in-law, Stephan Sarka. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Anthony's Church, 804 Idaho St., Sharon, PA 16146. 

Jacob, 93, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (8-7-17) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com. 
Funeral: Mass of Christian burial at11 a.m. Tuesday (8-7-17), in St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant. 
Interment: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hermitage.  
Published on August 5, 2017
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