Margaret L. Wagenaar-Fabreth

    Margaret L. Wagenaar-Fabreth, 85, passed away suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage, in Castro Valley, CA. A celebration of Life, 8 April, at Cedars Church, Newark, CA. Burial at Sea arrangements will be private.

    Born, in Passaic, New Jersey, she gave her heart to the U.S. Navy on Valentine’s Day, and was sworn in on 16 April 1951.  She served at the Naval Base in Memphis, TN as a Teleman Striker in Communications Division and eventually as a messenger in Yard Mail.  She served active duty from April 1951 to June 1952 and in Reserves from October 1952 to August 1953.  Her most memorable experiences tied to the Navy were: as platoon leader, she led Company 8051 down Michigan Ave. in Chicago on Memorial Day in 1951.  She belonged to the “Blue Jackets Choir” at Great Lakes, Ill and took part in three special programs as a soloist.  She later became a member of Sacramento Ex-WAVES, WAVES National Women of the Sea Services, Scottish-American Military Society, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Korean War Veterans Association, Inc., The Honor Society of Women Legionnaires, and the American Legion Post 362, Folsom, CA.  Her last and most memorable event was going on Honor Flight #8 Bay Area Foundation to Washington D.C. in June 2016.  There she participated in three days of recognition along with her peers honoring their services from the Korean and World War II eras  While there she witnessed the laying of a wreath by SAMS during the tour.

    Her love for music and the arts lasted throughout her life with participation in choral groups, plays, and Hula classes in Folsom, CA, where she lived with her husband John Wimsett, until his death in 1992.  She married Fred Fabreth Sr., in 1994 in a Scottish/Hawaiian themed wedding and shared a life with him in Folsom and later Livermore, CA, until his death in 2008.  She continued to participate in plays, choir, and Veterans groups until her passing.  She is survived by her three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

    Memorial donations / in lieu of flowers may be made to the Honor Flight program, Wounded Warriors, or other Veteran’s charities. —Jo Lawrence, Adj. Post 1921