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Marcella L. (Bennett) Wagie Janney

November 30, 1925 ~ December 29, 2021 (age 96)

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Marcella L. Wagie Janney passed away on December 29, 2021 at the age of 96 at Tomah Health surrounded by family. Marcella was born on November 30, 1925 in Deerfield, Wisconsin to Edwin and Carolyn (Walker) Bennett. Marcella married Hilton Wagie on June 3, 1942 in Sullivan, Wisconsin and they were blessed with three daughters: Louise, Dona and Barbara. Hilton passed away January 26, 1995. Marcella married Bernard Janney on October 18, 1997 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin.

Marcella was a hard worker all her life. She began working as a nanny at the young age of fourteen. She was a farmer’s wife, homemaker and mother in addition to many jobs in the community. Marcella worked for Doctor Sinclair, a dentist in New Lisbon, making dentures among other duties. She worked in the cafeteria of the New Lisbon High School and is fondly remembered by many former students. Marcella worked in a clothing store in New Lisbon and then at Mockler Jewelers in Tomah in her later years.

Marcella thoroughly enjoyed life. She played cards at the Senior Center and Euchre with family and friends.  She participated in monthly Bunco games for many years. Marcella loved to dance and met her very special friend Harvey Kirking through the Western Wisconsin Country Music Association. Marcella loved to bake, prepare jams, make crafts, and listen to the music of Danny O’Donnell.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Carolyn Bennett, husbands Hilton Wagie and Bernard Janney, daughters Louise Hemenway and Barbara Baldwin, sons-in-law Edward Hemenway and Gary Sharp, significant other of fourteen wonderful years Harvey Kirking, and sisters Eileen (Ossie) Gottschalk, Beverly (Bob) Stapelmann and Carolyn Bennett.

Marcella will be dearly missed by her daughter Dona Sharp, brother Edwin Bennett, son-in-law Tom Baldwin, grandchildren Shawn (Mary) Hemenway, Jeff (Laura) Hemenway, Tammy Baldwin Glick, Teresa Baldwin, Gary Albert Sharp, Lorie Sharp, great-grandchildren Matthew Hemenway, Jacob (Brittany) Hemenway, Anna Hemenway, Gary Curtis Sharp, Karen Elston, great-great-grandchildren Xavier Patterson, Torey Elston and Baby Hemenway due in February. Marcella will also be dearly missed by Harvey Kirking’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved very much.

An outdoor memorial service is being planned for July 16, 2022.  The Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon is assisting the family with services.  Online condolences are available at

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