Sylvia Hagen, 1933-2017

Published 9:12 am Monday, January 30, 2017

Sylvia Evonne (Tufte) Hagen, 83, of Albert Lea died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Mayo Health System in Albert Lea following complications from a stroke.

Sylvia was born on Nov. 17, 1933, on a farm in Winnebago County, Iowa, just south of Kiester. She was the daughter of Ingebret and Mattie (Sear) Tufte. Sylvia graduated from Kiester High School in 1951.On Dec. 2, 1951, she married Clair Hagen from Lake Mills. Together, they farmed land near Kiester for 56 years, where they raised their three children.

Sylvia Hagen

Sylvia Hagen

Sylvia was the church organist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester from age 13 until her retirement in 1967. She accompanied many choirs at church and was very involved with Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association and Women’s Circle. Sylvia enjoyed music, gardening, bowling, playing cards and spending time with her family.

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During her residence the past two years at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, she enjoyed attending daily chapel services and weekly musical entertainment.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Clair, of Albert Lea; daughter, Sue Roensch (Al) of Owatonna; son, Mark Hagen (Naomi) of Rockford, Illinois; and daughter Rita Goldenberg (Michael) of Indianapolis, Indiana; six grandchildren, Chad (Courtney) of Faribault, Scott (Linde) of Owatonna, Brett Hagen of Davenport, Iowa, David Hagen of Rockford, Greer Goldenberg of Brooklyn, New York, and Max Goldenberg of Indianapolis; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ilene Thoe (Dale) of Woodland Park, Colorado; three nieces; and three nephews.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her sister, Beverly, as a child; mother, Mattie; and father, Ingebret.

Visitation will be at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. today and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester. The Rev. Katie Pals will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or to the donor’s choice. To leave an online condolence, visit