Melisa Marie Bracht-Wagner, age 45, was gifted with eternal life on March 14, 2022, Echo had been by her side. Timothy and Cheryl Bracht chose to raise me with a Midwest work ethic deeply grounded in a foundation of faith. David H. Wagner Jr. married me for life's adventures in 1999. Together, we selected a family of Sarah, Christian and Malachi.
While my life revolved around serving Jesus within the church for 25 years, the greatest accomplishments was being the church in community through FLY, Flood recovery 2008, Marion Cares, Fellowship Cup, and Building Bridges. I enjoyed empowering others to grow programs. Encouraging people to serve just outside their comfort zone. Educating away myths of faith and poverty.
My deepest regret was those moments I chose not to pause and listen. Listen to people who needed a moment. Listen to the why underneath the surface problem. Listen without judgment. Pause and listen.
I hated the sound of a ticking clock, being late, and the absence of term limits for Congress. I regret not witnessing the abolition of daylight savings time. I loved lunch meetings, ice cream, and listening to books while traveling.
Services were held on, Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Chapel Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan University 601 N Main St, Mt Pleasant IA, presided by The Rev Douglas Cue.
Celebration of Life service will be held at Lifehouse Church, Huntertown Campus, on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
Burial at the Huntertown Cemetery.
Please hear me now - no flowers. I loved cut flowers during my life, even bought quite a few in the last few months of my life. In my death, don't give me flowers. Instead invest into my memorial for Burlington Building Bridges. Bridges out of Poverty is a community collaboration that strives to overcome barriers while learning and strengthening the 11 resources needed to "Get Ahead" of poverty. For a true difference to be made in our corner of the kingdom, churches, non-profits, and the community we must work together. Bridges out of Poverty has the possibility to make a generational difference. Support it. Fund it. Volunteer to be a teammate. 416 Jefferson Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601.
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