Nathan P. Wagner

Nathan P. Wagner

Mar 30th, 2020

ELBRIDGE- Nathan P. Wagner, 16, son of Rich and Beth Smith Wagner, Whistle Stop Lane, died Monday evening at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, following a difficult three-year battle with cancer.
Born in Syracuse on November 25, 2003, Nate was raised in Elbridge. At the time of his passing Nate was a junior at Jordan-Elbridge High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated with the lacrosse and basketball teams. An avid outdoorsman, Nate loved to fish, hunt, and downhill ski. Despite the years of difficult medical treatment, Nate was always determined to return to his beloved outdoor activities, to go to school, and be with his friends. He was smart, strong, curious, caring, and had a keen wit and sense of humor. With his infectious smile he was loved by so many.
Surviving besides his parents, Rich and Beth, are his two brothers, Zachary M. and Dale R. Wagner; his maternal grandfather, Mark J. Smith of Oneida Castle; his paternal grandparents, Mary Margaret Scanlon of Chittenango and Richard F. and Jean Wagner, Sr. of Cicero; his aunts and uncles, Scott and Sherri Smith of Oneida, Timothy Smith of Charlotte, NC, Missy and Larry Levesque of Newport, Lori and Marshall Patton of Honeoye Falls, Shari Clubine of Cicero, and Matt Wagner of Chittenango; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Sherry Smith.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Nate. Special thanks to Brooke Fraser, NP, and Melinda Smart, Nate’s academic tutor. These individuals forged a special bond with Nate and provided immeasurable support and love to us all as Nate courageously battled his disease.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Mass of Resurrection will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Francis Xavier Church, Marcellus. Interment will be made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Oneida. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Nate’s memory to one of these organizations that help local families with a childhood cancer diagnosis: Griffin’s Guardians ( and Jonathan Cancer Fund ( To leave words of condolence, please visit

The Devendorf Family
Apr 1st, 2020 1:25 pm
Rich, Beth, Zach and Dale,
There are no words to ease your pain. Know we are standing beside you always. We loved Nate like our own child. We will carry Nate forever in our hearts and will always remember to live like Nate.
Love and Prayers - Rich, Paula, Lauren and Josh
Rob & Sandy Meixner
Apr 1st, 2020 2:23 pm
We are so very, very sorry.
Pete Carter
Apr 1st, 2020 5:55 pm
Mark I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your grandson. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Kevin King
Apr 1st, 2020 6:02 pm
Rich, Beth, Zach, and Dale,
I am so sorry to hear of Nate's passing. The courage demonstrated by all of you serves as a reminder to us to be determined and resilient in dealing with life's unexpected battles. Holding you close in my thoughts.
Kevin King
Kevin Couse
Apr 1st, 2020 6:58 pm
Rich, Beth, Zach and Dale,
It is with my deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. I hope so much that you can find some sort of solace. I am so very sorry.
Paul Tulowiecki
Apr 1st, 2020 7:26 pm
First let me say I do not know your son. But after reading his obituary, I realized what an accomplished young man he was. A member of the National Honor society is no easy task. His outdoor hobbies and sports participation show what a well rounded person he was. Please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences for the loss or your son. His story has touched me.
Andrea, Mike, and Mikey Persin
Apr 1st, 2020 7:40 pm
Dear Beth, Rich, Zach and Dale,
You are all in our thoughts, and we pray that you will find comfort knowing that Nate is now free from disease in heaven. He was a blessing to all those that knew him. You have our heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time. Sending love, hugs and strength to you all.
The Persin family.
Bill and Gina Clifford
Apr 1st, 2020 8:47 pm
Rich, Beth, Zach and Dale - our hearts are broken for you all for the loss of your son and brother. Nate touched many lives in his short years here on earth and accomplished so much. There are no words we can offer other than to tell you that we are praying for you all and keeping you in our thoughts. You are fantastic loving parents who have raised outstanding young men. It will be hard to not see Nate among you, but I pray that you feel his presence along side you every day. God Bless xo
The Titus Family
Apr 2nd, 2020 2:30 am
Nate was an incredible young man and we are so blessed to have the memories we have with him. Our heart goes out to your entire family during this incredibly difficult time. If we can help in any way please don it hesitate to let us know. We love you guys so much and are so very sorry for your loss.
The Holmes Family
Apr 2nd, 2020 2:56 am
I am so very sorry for your family's loss! Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for y'all during these very difficult amd tragic times!! I pray for peace and comfort to all of Nate's family and friends!! God Bless each and every one of you!!
Bo & Lisa Monday
Apr 2nd, 2020 4:08 am
Although we did not know Nate personally, we knew him through his grandfather, Dick Wagner. We worked with Dick and heard the lows and the highs of Nate's fight against cancer often. We pray that you find comfort during this difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.
Susan Gleeson
Apr 2nd, 2020 5:37 am
I personally never met your son, Beth and I were classmates. I watched from a far through all your happy and troubling times offering prayers of strength and courage. You all have a tremendous support group and I hope in the many days ahead that they give you all comfort and peace. Nate was a truly courageous warrior. My condolences to the Wagner Family.
Jim Gunnip
Apr 2nd, 2020 5:47 am
Nate was a great kid. I had pleasure of coaching him in lacrosse, and it was an honor to coach Nate. Nate is with the creator now. Loved his passion for sports and the outdoors. God bless
Katie Oja
Apr 2nd, 2020 6:31 am
Dear Wagner Family,
There are no words to accurately express my heartfelt condolences. Nate fought humbly with such grace and courage. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be just a tiny part of his journey. My prayers are with you as you walk forward.
Katie Oja
Jonathan Cancer Fund
Betsy Byrnes
Apr 2nd, 2020 8:24 am
Dear Wagner family, I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be a beautiful young man. I pray you have some peace and comfort in the days ahead. My deepest condolences.
Margaret Butler
Apr 2nd, 2020 8:32 am
Dear Wagner Family. I just wish to express my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
The Sherwood Family
Apr 2nd, 2020 8:50 am
Beth, Rich, Zach and Dale, Our hearts break for you. I remember when Nate was a toddler at his brothers’ rec basketball games Saturday mornings, and then as part of the pack of “little brothers” at so many lacrosse games and practices— an always moving blur with his white-blond hair and shiny face. You gave him a great, loving, fun-filled life, making the best of all sorts of circumstances. I’m sorry that crazy virus keeps this JE community from surrounding you with hugs and support. Know that we send our love and continued prayers. --Karen, Todd and Cordell Sherwood
Susan March
Apr 2nd, 2020 8:59 am
So sorry for your loss. My grandson was a schoolmate, and we offer our condolences at this difficult time. It sounds like Nate brought much joy to many people during the short time he was on earth.
Erica Wynn-Kearse
Apr 2nd, 2020 12:11 pm
Dear Wagner Family, May our Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Barbara Derby
Apr 2nd, 2020 4:16 pm
Dear Wagner Family,
Although I didn't know Nate well I knew who he was and the impact he was making on those around him. And he knew who I was, a Mom of one of his sea of special friends and classmates. But whenever I saw him anywhere in and around the district, I always got that amazing Nate-smile that so many people have spoken of in recent days, accompanied by a wonderful, polite, "Hi Mrs. Derby, how are you?" Nate was an amazing friend to my daughter Clara. She has so many wonderful Nate stories through the years and I know he will be missed by the Class of 2021 and beyond. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this difficult time ~ made so much more difficult by this virus. I know the greater JE community wishes we could all gather with you to celebrate Nate, but please know you're all in our hearts. May God bless and keep you all. #22Strong
❤ Barb Derby & Family
Miller Family
Apr 2nd, 2020 4:22 pm
Beth and Rich, so sorry to hear about Nate. My son Cody is friends with Drew here in Oneida and we played youth basketball against your Jordan-Elbridge team. Wish we could go back to those simpler days. Praying for peace and strength for your family.
Natalie LoMascolo
Apr 2nd, 2020 8:32 pm
Rich, Beth, Zach, and Dale, our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Thank you for sharing Nate’s journey with us. I consider myself to be so fortunate to have known Nate first as a cute, smart, happy 1st grader with a smile and easy going personality that lit up our classroom. Then, later, to reconnect with a handsome, courageous young man, still with that smile and easy going personality that you couldn’t help but to be drawn to. Your family has many reasons to be proud of Nate. He has blessed all that knew him with his grace, courage and strength. He will be missed dearly. We are sending you prayers and love.
Natalie and Sam LoMascolo and family
Julie O'Connor
Apr 3rd, 2020 6:01 am
Dear Beth and Family, My heart breaks for you. My sincere condolences during this difficult time. Praying for peace and comfort for you and you family.
Bonnie Wines
Apr 3rd, 2020 7:23 am
Rich, Beth, Zach, Dale,

With sincere condolences in the loss of your dear son Nathan. What an incredible journey of accomplishments he made during these difficult years - accomplishments and goals some never attain to reach. May strong family ties, fond memories shared of good times help you through this very difficult loss...peace and comfort to your family.3
Tina Dann
Apr 3rd, 2020 7:23 am
Our deepest condolences to your family..
Daeya Malboeuf
Apr 3rd, 2020 11:30 am
This is a cruel, cruel loss, and at such an odd and difficult time. I know that your hearts are broken, but also know that you are surrounded by the love of your friends.
Brienza Family
Apr 3rd, 2020 2:03 pm
Rich,Beth,Family,So sorry for your loss of Nate. Prayers from all of us. John,Lisa,Carmen and Carli
The Mullen Family
Apr 3rd, 2020 2:56 pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Nate was such an outstanding young man and will truly be missed. Our prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.
Art and Margaret Paul
Apr 3rd, 2020 5:00 pm
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Nate. We are sure he has a special place in heaven.

sharon sylvester
Apr 3rd, 2020 5:52 pm
Beth,Rich,Zachary, and Dale my sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at your loss of Nate. He was an example of love and courage to all who loved and knew him. He will always be that same Nate in your hearts. From: Kevin Chiaramonte,s grandmother
sharon sylvester
Apr 3rd, 2020 5:52 pm
Beth,Rich,Zachary, and Dale my sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at your loss of Nate. He was an example of love and courage to all who loved and knew him. He will always be that same Nate in your hearts. From: Kevin Chiaramonte,s grandmother
Heather Ketcham
Apr 4th, 2020 7:01 am
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your son’s strength and that of your family is remarkable. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in heavenly peace.
Joan, Scott & Alma
Apr 4th, 2020 7:44 am
Beth, Rich, Zach & Dale, Wagners & Smiths -
How we wish we could be there with you today.
Nate and all of you have been towers of strength and caring during the past few years - examples for all of us now, during the current crisis, when all of us need to be generous and merciful.
Nate was an amazing young man who will always inspire us toward courage and our better angels.
Love - Joan, Scott & Alma
Socker Family - Shawn, Wendy, Colini, Jamus & Kirby
Apr 4th, 2020 7:54 am
Rich, Beth, Zach & Dale - We are sending you are deepest sympathy to all of you. Nate will always have a special place in our hearts and memories. Some of Colin's best lacrosse memories are playing with Nate on the FCA Syracuse team. The time together with all the FCA Syracuse lacrosse families traveling to the tournaments are some of the most special memories that Wendy and I look back on. We are here for whatever you need!! Love, Shawn, Wendy, Colin, Jamus & Kirby
Ted, Amy, Jackie & Teddy
Apr 4th, 2020 8:04 am
Beth, Rich, Zach and Dale, Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. You are an incredibly strong family and Nate was an amazing person. We want you to know that you have our full support in whatever you need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Ted, Amy, Jackie & Teddy
Rich & Mary Ranieri
Apr 4th, 2020 8:07 am
Please accept our most sincere condolences . Today’s beautiful service was a moving tribute to a beautiful young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you....
Jackie Weinheimer
Apr 6th, 2020 9:39 am
Dear Wagner family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know of my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Tom, Lisa, Grace and Brendan Kincella
Apr 8th, 2020 4:05 pm
Dearest Rich, Beth, Zach and Dale,
Please accept our deepest sympathies. May your memories of Nate and the love of your family surround you and give you strength and peace in the days ahead.
With all our love, Tom, Lisa, Grace and Brendan

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