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Donna Wagner






Donna Jane Wagner, nee Payne, died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 17, 2022. Born on September 27, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky, Donna was the oldest child of Helen Payne (nee Courtney) and Paul Glen Payne and eldest sibling of Paula Courtney Kelly and John Steven Payne, all deceased. Married for 72 years to Frederick (Bud) William Wagner III, they enjoyed entertaining, traveling, and collecting European and Asian antiques. Donna attended the University of Louisville on a merit scholarship, was president of Antietam Garden Club, won state-wide flower-arranging awards, achieved Life Master level in bridge, and was a long-time active Singer Society leader and supporter of Washington County Museum of Fine Art. Donna's creativity and love of the visual arts brought beauty to her surroundings through home design, furnishing and decorating; personal fashion; sewing of her daughters' prom dresses; crewelwork; and flower arranging. Her vibrant life was filled with raising her four children, playing bridge and tennis, entertaining, and volunteering at various museums, including as a docent at Winterthur Museum. Her numerous friends looked forward to social gatherings (such as supper club and their famous Derby parties) that were enlivened by Donna's wit and humor. She was known and appreciated for her energetic acts of kindness and service. Many treasured memories remain from family holidays (particularly of unique table decorations and gag gifts,) extended visits with grandchildren, and yearly beach vacations. Donna is survived by her husband, Bud; four children: Cathy Kane (John), Susie Kleinert (Rick), Julie Berkow (Don), and Fred Wagner IV (Julie); 12 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Donna’s family is very grateful to the staff of Hospice of Washington County, and especially to the aides who tenderly cared for Mom during her final months. We would have been lost without their patience, professionalism, and tremendous support. Due to concern over Covid, private services will be held, and attended by family only. We appreciate your understanding of this difficult decision. Any memorial donations may be directed to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts or to Hospice of Washington County. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD. Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Buddy and all the Wagner family. May time ease your pain as you reflect on all the wonderful memories. I will miss talking with her and hearing updates on the family. I loved her voice, her laugh, and her positive nature. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Beth and Ken Wilkey

Beth and Ken Wilkey
Yulee , Florida

I am deeply saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. May she Rest In Peace. I looked forward to Donna’s weekly visits to Blue Eyes Salon. I enjoyed her bright smile along with her witty charm. May God Bless Donna’s lovely family as they journey through this difficult time. My regards to Mr Bud. ~with sincere sympathy, dianne Fridinger

Dianne Fridinger
Hagerstown, MD

I am so sorry for your families loss!

Gray Hebb
Homosassa, Florida

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