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Betty Jean "B.J." Wiswesser-Wagner

December 21, 1941 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 79)


Betty Jean (B.J.) Wiswesser-Wagner died on November 12, 2021, after a brief illness. Born on December 21, 1941 in West Chester, PA.  She was the daughter of William J. Wiswesser, PhD. and Katherine (Connell) Wiswesser. She was a graduate of the George School and received her B.A. from Dickinson College in 1964.

She spent her entire career as a Real Estate Broker. After college, she was a rental broker in Manhattan, NY. In the late ’60s, she joined her mother's real estate firm and ultimately owned Wiswesser and Wagner Real Estate in Reading, PA.  She was active in Reading’s historic building preservation community, serving on several municipal and professional boards as well as commissions over her career. Ms. Wagner was a lifelong member of Birmingham Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. She enjoyed traveling, sailing, skiing, CapeMay, reading, and her animals. Her favorite hobbies were voraciously reading and saving/rescuing animals/pets.  She published a novel Gentleman From Berlin under her pseudonym B.J. Bauers.

Ms. Wagner is survived by her brother J. Michael Wiswesser, his wife Diane, and their children Tara (Wiswesser) Neel, Sheila, Sean, and Patrick Wiswesser as well as one grand niece Tiara Best and three grand nephews - Aaron, Lucas, and Max Wiswesser. Additionally, she is also survived by many dear cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Ms. Wagner to Berks Humane Society, 1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604 and/or Muhlenberg Community Library, 3612 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605.  Bean Funeral Homes, Hampden Heights is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at

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