Gene Paul Wegner, MD
MONONA – Gene Paul Wegner, MD, age 84, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at home surrounded by love from his wife, children and their families. Gene was born April 2, 1937, to Raymond and Oleva Wegner. He was raised along with his brother, Ray, and sisters, Carol and Nancy in Menomonee Falls. Growing up he helped run the family pharmacy in town, “Wegner’s Drugstore.” He was a gifted athlete, lettering in four sports in high school. Gene graduated from Dartmouth College in 1959. He met his future wife, Barbara, a UW student, during his first year of medical school at the University of Wisconsin. After Barbara graduated from the UW and Gene finished four years of medical school, they married in 1963. They immediately left for Gene’s internship in San Francisco. They returned a year later for his three year radiology residency at the UW Medical School. From 1968-1970, Dr. Wegner stayed on as an assistant professor teaching during which time he wrote numerous published medical papers. In 1970, he became the Head of Radiology at the Monroe Clinic and St. Clare Hospital in Monroe, Wisconsin. After five years, he pursued his desire to service small community hospitals that did not have a radiologist on staff. From 1976 until 2012, he traveled to as many as ten hospitals. He covered them one, two, or three times per week. He loved his work and he loved driving his favorite cars from his extensive collection to and from his hospitals. Dr. Wegner was board certified in General Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy with special competence in Nuclear Radiology. He was a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, Wisconsin Medical Society and the American Medical Society.
In addition to loving his work, he was passionate about sports. He liked to sail, waterski, and iceboat on Lake Monona and play golf, tennis, racquetball, and pickle-ball with his family and friends. He was involved in his children’s sports as well, coaching several of their teams. He was also an avid Badgers and Packers Fan. Gene had a hilarious sense of humor and would always greet you with a new joke. He said that laughter is the music of life.
Gene leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Barbara; his son, Shannon (Holly), and their children, Breck and Cole; daughter, Gina (Justin) Szajnuk, and their children Ava, Oskar and Lucy; daughter, Sunny (Michael) Johnson; son, Chadwick (Tristan), and their son, Vance; extended family member, Robert (Lee) Trummer; brother, Raymond ( Rae); and sister, Nancy Salama. He was preceded in death by his mother, Oleva and father, Raymond, his sister, Carol; and extended family member, Stephen Trummer.
A private service was held on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Care, Madison. Interment followed with family only at Blooming Grove Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to Agrace HospiceCare or Clean Lakes Alliance.
The entire Wegner Family wishes to thank friends for their love and support. Out of the darkness will come a new day. The sun will shine again. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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