Jan. 11, 2017

Jean B. Hagen, 84, of rural Pennock died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake near New London. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Johnson Funeral Home in New London and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. www.hafh.org

Jean Beryce Hagen was born Oct. 1, 1932, on the family farm in rural Pennock, the daughter of Johnny and Josephine (Henjum) Skare. She grew up on the family farm and attended school at District 28 country school through the eighth grade. Jean was confirmed in her faith on June 23, 1946, at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake. She attended New London High School graduating with the class of 1950. Jean was actively involved with youth in her church being a teacher and superintendent in Sunday school programs.

On Sept. 10, 1960, Jean was united in marriage to Roger K. Hagen at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake. This union was blessed with one daughter and one son. They made their home in rural Sunburg, until moving back to Jean’s family farm in the spring of 1969. Jean worked diligently with Roger on the dairy farm and as a dedicated homemaker.

Jean was a member of Monson Lake Lutheran Parish and later returned to First Lutheran Parish. Jean’s family and faith were extremely important, as well as placing the needs of others above her own. She enjoyed music, singing at various occasions in the church, at her own wedding, being a member of the church choir, as well as calling to sing “Happy Birthday” to her children and grandchildren. Jean also enjoyed gardening, taking special care of animals and took pride in making wonderful family meals.

Jean Hagen died peacefully with her family and pastor by her side, Jan. 11, 2017, at Rice Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Roger of Pennock; daughter, Karla (Dave) Peper of Alexandria; son, Kevin (Dawn) Hagen of Glencoe; five grandchildren, Emily (Michael) Kluver, Amanda (Dan) Watkins, Sarah (Simon) Fisher, Bethany Hagen and Kyle Hagen; three great-grandchildren, Jackson and Hudson Kluver, and great-granddaughter Watkins due in April.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Alma Hagen; sister, Idebelle Silverstein; brothers-in-law, Justin Simonson, Richard Silverstein and Michael Stark; and niece, Lynette Schirmers.

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