Donna Hagen, 90Donna Hagen, 90, Glenwood, died January 28, 2012 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.
Donna Hagen, 90, Glenwood, died January 28, 2012 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.
Donna was born July 1, 1921 in Paw Paw, Michigan to Arthur and Blanche (Martin) Boyer. She attended school in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin, graduating from Orfordville, Wisconsin High School in 1940. She worked in a restaurant in Elkhorn, Wisconsin for two years.
In November of 1942, she enlisted in the United States W.A.A.C. (Women's Army Air Corps). She was stationed in Charleston, SC, Camp Polk, LA, and Orlando, FL. She worked in radar, where she met her future husband, Odean Hagen. Donna was honorably discharged in November 1945.
Donna and Odean were united in marriage at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin on January 16, 1946. They lived in Watertown, WI for two years where Odean was an apprentice learning the painting business. They moved to Glenwood, MN, Odean's home town in the spring of 1948. Odean was a painter/decorator while Donna was a full time housewife and mother.
She was an active member at Glenwood Lutheran Church along with the Glenwood VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion, RSVP and the Glenwood Senior Center. After her husband died in 1990, Donna spent many years spending the winter with her sister, Nancy, in California. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting and her flower gardens. She made clothing for her family and quilt tops for Lutheran World Relief. She belonged to quilting clubs, and made crafts including porcelain dolls, for which she won numerous awards at the Pope County Fair. She loved playing cards and board games, watching the Chicago White Sox, volunteering, traveling, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.
Donna will be remembered for her independent, determined spirit and her homemade jam and chocolate chip cookies.
Donna is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Fred) Illetschko of Ham Lake; sons, Dennis (Sharon) Hagen of Ham Lake and Robert "Bob" Hagen of Naples, FL; grandchildren, Scott Hagen and Gena (Patrick) Welsh; sisters, Dorothy Banker of Mauston, WI, Carol Boyer of Indianapolis, IN, and Barbara Bielfeldt of Indianapolis, IN; sisters-in-law, Stachia Hagen of Alexandria, Elaine Pitzen of Harrison AR, Emilie Hagen of Minneapolis and Donna Mae Boyer of San Bernardino, CA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Odean, in 1990; brothers and sisters along with brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Boyer, Marion Deegan, Paul Boyer, Arthur "Pete" Boyer Jr., Glen Boyer, Ray Boyer, Nancy Frank, Franklin Hagen, Harold Hagen, Clinton Hagen, Theadore Hagen, James Hagen, David Hagen and Clarice Gaffaney.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Glenwood Retirement Village and Glacial Ridge Hospital for the wonderful care that Donna received in her last few months; it was truly appreciated.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 2 at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood with the Rev. Krista Lee officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery.
To send online condolences to the family, visit the website www.hoplinhitchcockfuneralhome.com and click on obituaries.
Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
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