Carolyn Jane Lee-Wagner

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Carolyn Lee-Wagner, 58, loving wife of WilliamWagner and mother of Will Lee-Wagner, died Monday, November 11, 2013, surrounded by family and friends, due to complications following a disciplined and private battle with cancer. Born August 30, 1955 to Jerry and Mary Ann Lee, Carolyn grew up in Toledo, OH. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from the University of Toledo and launched a career in the nascent field of computer graphics when she joined Teledyne CAE. It was at Teledyne where Carolyn met her future husband, best friend, and lifelong partner, Bill Wagner. Bill and Carolyn married in 1981 and, with an offer from the Aerospace Corporation, moved to and fell in love with the Beach cities in 1983, setting deep roots in Redondo Beach, California. Their son, Will, was born in 1989. Over her 30 year career at Aerospace, Carolyn led development teams for several analysis and visualization tools for critical national space and launch systems that are still in active use today. As an engaged parent volunteer in the 90's and 2000's at Madison, Adams, and Redondo Union High School, Carolyn introduced and edited a widely read email newsletter appreciated for its clarity and content. She was an avid walker who encouraged others and loved to explore her community, the beaches, the US and abroad with her family and friends. Carolyn is survived by her husband Bill, son Will, sister Peggy Johnson, and numerous loving relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers/plants, donations may be made either to Providence TrinityCare Hospice or Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach.

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  1. Carolyn, I will miss you, our Sunday walks and your presence at the Friday night Moai. My thoughts are with you, Bill and Billy and know that I will be here for you.

  2. Carolyn, you were such a great person, and I’m blessed to have had you in my life. I will miss you so much. I will always remember your smile, your kindness and energy. My loving thoughts are with Bill and Billy at this very difficult time, and I am there for them always.

  3. Carolyn, although I did not get to know you very well and only knew you at Aerospace, I was saddened to hear that you are no longer among the living. I extend my sincere condolences to your husband, Bill, and son, Billy, and your sister. May you rest in peace.

  4. Carolyn, I did not know you well but I enjoyed the laughs, party’s and all fun moments and conversations. My prayers are with Bill, Billy and the family. Blessings for you.

  5. Carolyn, you were a good friend, offering wise counsel and many laughs. I offer condolences to your family and friends. You will be greatly missed.

  6. Bill and Will, We are so sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. You’ll all be in our prayers. Love, Kathleen, Kathy and all the Johanson’s.

  7. no matter where our journey’s have taken us in this life, one thing I do know is that we will all end up together in the end, for you see we are family. Families always end up together, especially one like ours. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, and when one door closes know that one more opens. Life’s full of chances and there all worth taking and if you get the chance to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance. One thing I know about Carolyn is she didn’t sit it out, she danced, she loved, she lived life to the fullest. Bill, Will I know she didn’t just love you, for you see she was in love with you. Be at peace.
    Terri Cicero-Wagner

  8. Bill, I am so sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. Although we spent the briefest of times together, I remember with fondness the warmth and kindness that you both extended to me. May Carolyn rest in peace and I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family.

  9. Maria and myself are very sad to hear about Carolyn. We both enjoyed sharing talks with you guys at Reetha’s and the Pusateri’s. Please give the rest of the family our condolences and hope to see you over the holidays

  10. Bill and Will, Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was very special.Carolyn-you got me through Freshman Biology and probably calculus too. Those were just the start of many great times. I hear your laugh now. May your memories and love wrap us in a hug . Martin and Jenifer

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