Theressa Charlotte ‘Jack’ Haugo Hagen, 95, Lake Mills

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 17, 2003

The funeral service for Theressa Charlotte &uot;Jack&uot; Haugo Hagen, of the Lake Mills Care Center, formerly of Albert Lea, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Interment will be in the Salem Memorial Cemetery in Lake Mills, Iowa. Visitation is one hour before services at the church. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Theressa died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2003, at the Lake Mills Care Center, where she had been a resident since 1998. She was 95.

She was born on March 26, 1907, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Florentz) Haugo. Theressa had one brother and five sisters; two of which are still living. She spent her growing up years on a small acreage near Lake Mills. Theressa, or &uot;Jack&uot; as she was affectionately known, graduated from Lake Mills High School when she was only 17. She graduated from Mankato State University. She was too young to receive her public school teaching certificate, so she taught private school in Beloit, Iowa. When she was old enough, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught in Iowa, South Dakota, and in Minnesota. While teaching in South Dakota, Theressa met and later married Albert Hagen. They were married only eight years before he died. Following his death, she resumed her teaching career and raised her children, Raoul and Charlotte, by herself. She taught elementary school and girls’ physical education, teaching in Albert Lea from 1954 until retiring 1972. She taught a total of 41 years in the classroom. Following her retirement, for 10 years, she taught conversational Norwegian for Community Education. Theressa also enjoyed coaching, heading one Iowa girls’ basketball team to the state tournament. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, where she had been active in the Church Women and the Altar Guild. She was also a member of the Naeve Hospital Auxiliary, the Albert Lea Retired Educators, South East Retired Educators, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Sons of Norway. Theressa enjoyed extensive travel, including three trips to Europe and several trips to Hawaii and throughout the U.S. Her primary interest and priority was her family, and she took great pride and joy in sharing in the lives of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed sports, especially swimming and basketball. She liked to keep informed on current events and enjoyed a good game of cards.

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Theressa is survived by her family: son, Raoul O. Hagen and his wife Sandra of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter, Charlotte and her husband Craig McManus of Davenport, Iowa; two sisters: Henrietta Shadewald of Belle Plaine, Iowa, and Astrid &uot;Babe&uot; and her husband George Quisling of Lake Mills, Iowa; grandchildren: Mike Hagen, Steve Hagen and his wife Mary, Mark Hagen, Susan and her husband John Mace, Elizabeth and her husband Jay Larson, Lisa and her husband Steve Campbell, Merredyth and her husband Rick Beno, and Matt McManus; and many great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert O. Hagen, in 1942; sisters: Anna Haugo (Mrs. Ole) Nappe, Lilla (Mrs. Roy) Keene, and Magna Haugo; and a brother, Erling Haugo.

Memorials suggested to First Lutheran Peace and Power or Hospice of North Iowa.