Ardella Hagen, 88, Northwood, Iowa

Published 9:12 am Monday, March 19, 2012

Ardella Geneva Hagen, 88, of rural Northwood, Iowa, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Manly Nursing and Rehab Center in Manly, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Silver Lake Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, Iowa, with the Rev. Randy Baldwin officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street, Lake Mills, Iowa, and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Silver Lake Lutheran Cemetery in rural Northwood.


Ardella Geneva Hagen was born on April 26, 1923, in Freeborn County, near Emmons, daughter of Alfred and Gena (Loken) Ferley. She was baptized and confirmed at Silver Lake Lutheran Church. She attended elementary school in Emmons and later graduated from Lake Mills High School.

On Jan. 1, 1945, she was united in marriage to Leo J. Hagen at her parents’ home by Emmons. Together, they farmed for many years.

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Ardella was a homemaker extraordinaire. She loved to cook for all of the big holiday feasts. Her grandchildren knew that when they went to Grandma’s they were going to get all of the “good stuff.” She loved baking, apple pies in particular, and was very proud of her Norwegian heritage and she spoke the language.

Ardella and Leo worked together on their farm and were especially proud of their black angus herd of cattle. She enjoyed her flower gardens, spending time with her family and friends; she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Above all else, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and remained very active in her church.

Leo passed away on Dec. 8, 2004.

Ardella is survived by her loving children: Leon (Joyce) Hagen of Hanlontown, Iowa, John (Vera) Hagen and daughter-in-law, Annette Hagen, both of Northwood, Iowa; grandchildren: Tiffany (Chris) Kragnes, Christopher (Beth) Hagen, Eric (Elizabeth) Hagen, Michael (Hannah Rasmussen) Hagen, Nathan Hagen and Cory Hagen; great-grandchildren: James, Jesse Hagen, Evin, Katie and Gavin Hagen and Taylor Hagen; step-great-grandchildren: C.J. and Alicia Kragnes, Paige Sauve and Jay Lakes; one brother, Seymour (Darlene) Ferley of Emmons; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; one son, Robert; one grandson, Daniel; and one brother, Glen Ferley.

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