Susan Carol Wagner — a former Westchester field deputy for former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and an active volunteer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Police Station — died Sunday, May 9th, at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center Memorial Campus from postoperative complications after brain tumor surgery.
She was 52 years old.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14th, at McCormick Mortuary, 635 S. Prairie Ave., Inglewood.
Following the memorial service, a celebration of life gathering will be held at a private residence.
Wagner was born February 26th, 1953 in North Carolina as the first of six children of Catherine and Alan Wagner.
The family moved to California and she attended Westchester High School, where she was a member of the band, orchestra and choir.
She also attended and received degrees from Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge.
Before working for Galanter, Wagner taught English as a second language and worked in the nursing education office at Cedars Sinai Hospital.
After leaving Galanter’s office, Wagner worked at Saint Joseph Center in Venice, where she organized services for disadvantaged and homeless people.
Her next position was as a community resource specialist for the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program with the Los Angeles City attorney.
She had close ties to the Los Angeles Police Department and served as a volunteer with the local Community Police Advisory Board.
She organized an annual New Year’s Eve dinner for LAPD Pacific Division police officers working the night shift.
The City of Los Angeles recognized Wagner as a “Citizen of the Year” in 2000.
Aside from her career with the city, Wagner enjoyed making jewelry, beadwork, singing, playing musical instruments, painting and sketching.
Her father, Alan Wagner, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her mother, Catherine Wagner; brothers William Wagner and Tom Ella Wagner; sisters Janet Terry Graff, Lynn Howard Getzoff, and Patricia George Biner; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wagner’s favorite charitable organizations, the LAPD Foundation and Saint Joseph Center.
The foundation provides college scholarships for children of slain police officers.
The LAPD Foundation address is 1880 N. Academy Drive, Los Angeles 90012.
Saint Joseph Center is at 204 Hampton St., Venice 90291.