Carolyn Jean Wagner December 7, 1952 – March 3, 2015

carolyn Wagner picCarolyn Jean Wagner age 62 of Champaign, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Carle Hospital located in Urbana, IL.
She was born on December 7, 1952 in Princeton, IN to Arvel W. & Norma Jean (Hadfield) Wagner.
Carolyn was the assistant to the convention director of the National Council of the teachers of English (NCTTE) for 44 years, starting when she was only 18 years old. She attended Harrison High school in Evansville until moving to Champaign, IL graduating in 1970. Carolyn was an avid bowler and loved the Champaign, IL area.
Carolyn is survived by her mother and step father, Norma Jean (Elmer “Leather”) LeGrange of Fort Branch, IN and a stepbrother, Rick (Patty) LeGrange and their daughter Kelsey of Evansville, IN.
She was preceded in death by grandparents; Vernon and Genevieve Hadfield and George and Edith Wagner. Also preceding is father, Arvel W. Wagner and most recently sister, Connie Jo Gardner.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12:00 Noon C.S.T. at Doyle Funeral Home located at 520 S. Main St., Princeton, IN 47670, with Rev. Jarmin Perkins officiating. Internment will take place in Providence Cemetery located just south of Francisco.
Visitation will be Monday, March 9, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 12:00 noon. For more information call 812-385-4334. Condolences can be left online at or on the funeral home face book page.

3 thoughts on “Carolyn Jean Wagner December 7, 1952 – March 3, 2015

  1. Millie Davis

    I’m so sorry to lose Carol with whom I’ve worked my entire 25-year career at NCTE. I will miss her cackle as we laughed about the strange requests and happenings at the NCTE convention as well as the Janet Evanovich mysteries, her ability to spit out a name or convention date or session right from memory whenever I had a question my memory couldn’t answer, and her marvelous proofreading skills. In an age when things seem to move faster than the speed of light, Carol takes with her a vast bank of NCTE historical data. I will miss her first as a person and second as a colleague but I’m certain she’s getting about the business of people and right work in her next life.

  2. Chris Goering

    I was surprised and upset to learn of Carol’s passing; I met her in 2002 in just my second year of teaching while at the Atlanta convention and have communicated in person or via email with her every year since. A truly selfless, kind, and compassionate member of the national community of English teachers, our profession will be forever in her debt for her service to NCTE. Chris


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