Hazel Wangen, 85, Albert Lea

Published 2:00 pm Saturday, October 8, 2011

Funeral Services for Hazel Wangen, of Albert Lea, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Oakland Lutheran Church, rural Albert Lea. The Rev. Bob Berthold will officiate. Interment will be in Oakland Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and continues one hour before the service at the church.

Hazel Wangen

Hazel died on Oct. 6, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society, Albert Lea. She was 85 years old.

Hazel was born Dec. 30, 1925, in Emmons, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Flaten) Ringstad. She was baptized and confirmed at the Emmons Lutheran Church and attended Emmons Public School.

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On May 19, 1946, she married Robert Wangen at the Oakland Lutheran Church. They lived many years on the old farm place near Hayward. She enjoyed her many pets on the farm. She loved to cook and bake, especially “Long Johns” and lefsa. She was an active member of the Oakland Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Altar Guild and the WELCA. Hazel was also a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary.

She was employed at the American Gas Co., Conner’s Rest Home, and private home care.

Mrs. Wangen is survived by four children: Ronald Wangen and wife, Jeanne, of Oakland; LeAnn Knox, of Albert Lea; Elwood “Woody” Wangen and fiancée, Julie, of Albert Lea; Howard Wangen and his wife, Leanne, of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; grandchildren: Scott A. Wangen and wife, Sue, of Oakland; Chad Wangen and wife, Tisha, of London, Minn.; Jeremy Wangen and wife, Abby, of Hayward; Brett Knox and wife, Joanna, of Brooklyn Park; Scott E. Wangen, of Madison Lake; Cody Wangen, of Albert Lea; Shannon Wangen and wife, Laura, of Rapid City, S.D.; Shelly Wangen, of Blumer, Wis.; Jeremy Bergstrom and wife, Kelly, of Elkhart, Iowa; John Bergstrom and wife, Annesa, of Carlisle, Iowa; and 18 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Clare Knutson, of Albert Lea; Elnora Krueger, of Missouri; Omer (Geri) Wangen, of Austin; Marjorie Wangen, of Hayward; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1980, infant son, David, in 1962, parents Carl and Mary Ringstad, sisters, Emma Carter, Alice Gunderson, Mavis Knutson and Merna in infancy, brothers Conrad and Orville Ringstad.

Blessed be her memory!