Our humble beginnings. . . . .
Germans from Russia Oregon Washington (GROW) is located in Portland, Oregon and is affiliated with the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) which was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Since GROW’s founding in 2001, our goal has been to collect, publish, and preserve our heritage as Germans from Russia, with a focus on those from the Black Sea region.
The background is royal blue. The pale gold ribbon with the phrase in red:
“Freiheit, Glaube, and Familie” means Liberty, Faith, and Family
On the right side is the state of Washington outline to represent our Washington members with the apples, fir trees, and the Space Needle.
The sod house is in tribute to the last standing sod house in Greenway, SD.
Just to the right of this at the bottom of the banner is a farmer leading oxen (to honor our farming ancestors) that are pulling a wagon full of the fruits of their labors.
Agnes Ann (Jakober) Wagemann
October 11, 1936 - July 12, 2017
The farm Aggie was born on is now part of the Samuel H. Ordway, Jr. Memorial Preserve prairie. The nearest town was Leola, about 10 miles away. Her early years of schooling were conducted in a one-room schoolhouse near the farm. Living on a farm, there were always chores that needed to be done, so Aggie learned the value of work at an early age -- a virtue that she later instilled in her children. As a teen, Aggie developed an interest in attending beauty school, and after high school she attended beauty school in Sioux Falls, SD. It was there that she learned to cut and style hair. After completing the program, she moved to Aberdeen, SD and worked at Shoops' Beauty Salon in the Alonzo Ward Hotel for several years.
On August 16, 1959, Aggie married Rudolph 'Rudy' Wagemann. Aggie and Rudy were the kind of parents that were involved with their children, taking them to sports events, scouting events, music and dance lessons, confirmation classes, camping, motorcycle riding, and more. The doors of their home were always open to many of the neighborhood kids that did not have a stable home life. Aggie would put a band-aid on a skinned knee while Rudy fixed a flat tire on a bicycle. With both Aggie and Rudy working, their children quickly learned how to help around the house with laundry, cleaning, yard work, and growing a vegetable garden.
Aggie always made time to help in the community. She groomed the residents of Evergreen Health and Rehab in Hillsboro for over 10 years as a volunteer, and often took food or other items to neighbors and church members who were shut in.
During their early years of retirement, Aggie and Rudy bought a motor home and traveled to SD several times as well as to other states where other relatives had ventured off. Aggie and Rudy were able to travel many years before health issues forced them to stay home.
Aggie and Rudy moved into assisted living in March of 2015. Rudy passed away that April. Aggie continued living there until July 12 and, prior to her recent decline in health, she enjoyed going to church on Sunday morning, attending family gatherings, and ladies night out with Tammy and her church family. As a two-time cancer survivor, Aggie fought hard to her last breath. She passed away peacefully with family at her side.
Aggie was preceded in death by her parents, Christ & Anna Jakober, her husband Rudy and her sister-in-law Sharon Jakober. She is survived by her four children -- Jeff of Beaverton, Jim of Hillsboro, Tammy of Hillsboro, and Terry (Mio) of Aloha -- along with her 8 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
A memorial will
be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at Shepherd of the Valley
Lutheran Church, 17625 NW Cornell Rd., Beaverton, 97006. In lieu of Flowers,
Remembrances can be made to the Agnes Ann (Jakober) Wagemann Memorial and the
family will help to further the efforts of the Nature Conservancy at the Samuel
H. Ordway, Jr. Memorial Preserve in South Dakota, and support the Germans from
Russia Heritage Society, which was near and dear to Aggie and Rudy's family
heritage. To make donations please contact the family or Skyline Memorial
Gardens and Funeral Home.
As posted on the Dignity memorial website: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Agnes-Wagemann&lc=2433&pid=186115270&mid=7487902