Audrey Elliott (Elliott) Vagner

Born: Sat., Mar. 19, 1921
Died: Mon., Nov. 26, 2012


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 09, 2012
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Vigil Service

4:00 PM Sun., Dec. 09, 2012
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Audrey Elliott Vagner

March 19, 1921 – November 26, 2012


Audrey Elliott Vagner, 91, of South Bend died in the early morning hours of Monday, November 26, 2012 in her home following an illness. Mrs. Vagner was born on March 19, 1921 in Norfolk, VA, the younger of two children of the late Louise (Jackson) and George Elliott, Jr., and sister of the late Allan George Elliott. On June 9, 1943 in Nashville, TN she married S. Bernard Vagner, M.D., who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Karen V. Thompson (wife of George R. Thompson, III) of Glendale, WI, Paula M. Vagner of Boca Raton, FL, and Lisa M. Vagner of Lehigh Acres, FL; one son, Allan B. Vagner (husband of Angela C. Vagner) of Chicago, IL; two grandsons, George Robert Thompson IV of Costa Mesa, CA and Christopher Aaron Thompson of Milwaukee, WI; and one great-granddaughter, Ginger Soso Thompson of Minneapolis, MN. 


A gifted student, Mrs. Vagner achieved her secondary education at Saint Francis de Sales School in Rock Castle, Virginia, graduating as Valedictorian. She was a double-major 1942 graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. Settling in South Bend in January of 1949, she was active in her community through a number of civic groups and faith-based organizations, including the NAACP, the Urban League (where she served as a board member), the Christ Child Society, the Blessed Martin De Porres Society, Catholic Social Services, and was a devoted member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 56 years. Additionally, Mrs. Vagner was an active and integral participant in the Fair Housing Commission hearings in the 1960’s, publicly testifying on the discriminatory housing practices in St. Joseph County in the pre-civil rights era.


The Vagner family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road in South Bend. A Vigil Service will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Audrey's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

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kelsey lee
   Posted Sat December 01, 2012
To the family of Audrey Elliott Vagner,
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34;19) With sympathy,

Dr. Joyce Newman Giger
   Posted Sat December 01, 2012
Dr. Vagner and Family:

As Soror Vagner's sorority sister, and your former patient, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God will give you the strength and endurance for this too. Her many good works are done on earth and many are grateful for them all. She has not left you, but rather has stood to take her blessings.

Fo all we have learned from you both, GOD Bless and many, many thanks,

Dr. Joyce Newman Giger and the Newman Family
Los Angeles California

Robert and Amy Baker Sr.
   Posted Sun December 02, 2012

We offer our prayers and love for the entire Family of Audrey Elliott Vagner. We have wonderful memories of Dr. Vagner providing great care for three generations of our family including delivering our children into this world. Throughout the years we often observed Dr. and Mrs. Vagner together and could always feel the committed and timeless love they shared. That will forever remain in our heart and mind. We want to encourage you to continue to lean and depend on Jesus Christ our Savior. He will comfort and keep you during the time of your bereavement and He will be a constant friend in the days to come. God’s richest blessing rest upon you all.

Remembrance is a golden chain
Death tries to break, but all in vain.
To have, to love, and then to part
Is the greatest sorrow of one's heart.
The years may wipe out many things
But some they wipe out never.
Like memories of those happy times
When you were all together.

Humbly Submitted,
Robert and Amy Baker Sr. & Family

Peter P. Walton
   Posted Sun December 02, 2012
My condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. "The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect" I'm sure she had a full measure of both.

Peter P. Walton

C. Rosalyn Harris
   Posted Mon December 03, 2012
Deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. My prayers are with you as you are struggling with this sad change in your life.

Catherine and Rudolph Williams and Family
   Posted Thu December 06, 2012
With Sympathy
Extending deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of sorrow.
The Williams Family

Rosalind Payne-Weiss (Ed)
   Posted Sun December 09, 2012
Dear Dr. Vagner & Family: So sorry to hear of your Loss, Audrey was such a Sweetheart, I always remember her Wonderful Demeanor, and the many dinners we shared at the Hoovers'. ''To be Absent from the body is to Present with the Lord''. May God Bless & Comfort each of you as you Journey through the coming days.

Rosalind Weiss

Eleanor Keb
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
My heart breaks for you in losing your partner - such a grand lady and
always so welcoming. I will always remember her. May the Peace of The
Lord be with you and your family.

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