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Victoria Haglund, 84

On February 28, 2009 Victoria Haglund completed her journey on Earth at Knute Nelson Memorial Home and left us to join her Lord and Savior. At her passing she was comforted and surrounded by her family and those who loved her.

Vicki (also called Tudie by her immediate family) was born July 16, 1924 in Olivia to A.C. "Fred" Jensen and Victoria Gran Jensen. The Great Depression brought her family to Alexandria where she grew up on 1102 Cedar with her brother, James. After graduating from the old Alexandria High School, she went to Chicago and graduated from the New Style Beauty College. She returned to Alexandria and worked at the telephone company from 1943-1945 at the time when operators always asked "Number, please." During that time she was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol where she met her future husband.

She married Norman D. Haglund on November 15, 1945, which began a 39-year partnership and a family of two daughters, Lynn and Ellen Kay. Norman's career in the aviation field took them from Minnesota to California, Missouri, to Texas, Alabama to Georgia and back. At each stop Vicki found a church and plugged into the community by using her can-do spirit and creative energy to make each stop a positive experience for her family.

She enjoyed gardening and taking orphaned plants and nurturing them into bloom. She was an avid reader and known for crocheting warm afghans. Her greatest joy was her family and grandchildren - she loved them dearly. After her Norman passed away in 1985, Vicki worked at Knute Nelson in both custodial and dietary, cheering the residents with her warm smile and caring heart.

In 1996 she herself chose Knute Nelson to be her permanent residence where she earned 1,500 volunteer hours and participated in several committees, sharing her insight and humor. In her last few years at Knute Nelson, dementia slowly robbed the essence of Vicki that everyone had grown to love through the years.

She is survived by her brother, James Jensen and his wife, Marge; her two daughters, Lynn and husband, Ed Allen, Ellen Kay and husband, Douglas; and one sister-in-law, Clarice Michel. She will definitely be missed by her five grandsons, one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. She also leaves many loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norm; parents, Victoria and Fred Jensen; and sister, Etheridge "Peggy."

A celebration of Vicki's life was held March 5 at United Methodist Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating. Pallbearers were Todd Allen, Leslie Allen, Justin Carlstrom, Ryan Carlstrom, Ian Carlstrom and Nathan Carlstrom. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;