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Obituary: Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, 80

Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, long time resident of the Warrenton, Virginia area, she passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2022, following a brave struggle with cancer. Her husband of over fifty years, Edmund M Wageley IV preceded her in death.
Kathy is survived by her 3 children – Edmund Wageley V, Jane Satow, Nathan Wageley, and daughter-in-law Erin McGrath. Four grandchildren – Sophia, Charles and Julien Satow, and Holly Wageley. Three sisters -Janet Flaugh, Margaret Richter, and Elizabeth Bishop-Martin. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins in a large extended family.
Kathy was born on March 14, 1942, in Allegan, Michigan the youngest daughter of nine children to Maurita and Charles Bishop. Kathy was a graduate of Allegan High School. She was a member of the High School Band, playing first chair oboe for four years. She performed with many high school choruses as well as playing piano and singing solos with small ensembles. She represented Allegan in the annual Michigan beauty pageant and was a runner up in the state finals. She attended the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, and George Mason University studying subjects English Literature, Russian History, Geology, and Philosophy.
In her early in her career, Kathy worked in banking at Washington, DC. In 1982 she undertook training to become a licensed agent with Allstate Insurance, where she operated her own insurance agency for many years before retiring in 1998.
After retirement, Kathy and her husband Ed traveled extensively, to the far reaches of the planet, including Torres del Paine National Park Patagonia, hiking volcanoes in Pucon, Chile, cruising the inner passage from Vancouver to Alaska, and touring the American Southwest exploring cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, and hiking the Grand Canyon. Followed by many trips to Europe touring England, Scotland, Spain, including cruising to the grand cities of Paris, Amsterdam, and St. Petersburg. Kathy’s favorite was staying with her expat daughter Jane in the South of France, where she had full immersion in culture of the Provencal county life. Kathy va avoir la belle vie en Provence!
At home, Kathy was an active member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Orlean, Virginia, singing in the choir and a member of the woman’s group there, as well as taking part in many of the church fundraising activities. She was active with the Master Gardeners and enjoyed developing the beautiful gardens that surrounded her home. Kathleen was an avid reader and enjoyed literature of all kinds as well as quilting and bird watching. She had many friends and will be well remembered and missed by all. A memorial service will be held in early Spring 2023 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 10023 Wesley Chapel Road, Marshall, VA 20115. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fauquier SPCA.

One Reply to “Obituary: Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, 80

  1. Kathy was my “baby” sister. She was full of love and energy, always finding time for her friends, family and grandchildren. We all miss her. Elizabeth Bishop-Martin, Athens, Ga.

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