I. Genevieve Hagen, 78, of Eau Claire, a town of Amherst native, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at Luther Hospital as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 11, at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, with the Rev. Dr. Duane C. Pederson officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Visitation was Jan. 10 at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and Thursday at the church before the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, the Waldemar Ager Association or the charity of one’s choice.
Mrs. Hagen was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Amherst, a daughter of the late Einar and Emma (Gartzke) Kjendalen. She grew up in Iola with the Henry Kjendalen family after the death of her mother. She attended school there for 10 years before moving to Sioux Falls, S.D., where she graduated from high school.
She attended Augustan College in Sioux Falls for two years, then transferred to St. Olaf College, where she graduated cum laude in 1944, with degrees in Norwegian and history.
She taught school in Truman, Minn., then moved to Eau Claire to be Parish Youth Director at First Lutheran Church in 1946.
She was married to Harold “Huck” O. Hagen on Aug. 23, 1947, in Iola. He died in 1999.
She was a substitute teacher in the Eau Claire schools and taught private piano lessons. Later she was an instructor for nine years at UW-Eau Claire, teaching Norwegian language and culture.
After retirement, she completed a volume on the Hage/Kjendalen heritage and contributed to the Chippewa Valley Historical Museum and the establishment of the Waldemar Ager Association.
She was a member of the Sons of Norway, Nordmanns-Forbundet, the Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture, the Waldemar Ager Association and the Norwegian-American Historical Association.
She was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School and Bethel teacher, choir director, council member and a leader of church women’s activities.
Survivors include one daughter, Margaret (Douglas) Daniel, Lafayette, La.; five sons, Philip (Candice), Carmel, Ind., Colin (Susan), Eau Claire, Richard (Nancy), Stoughton, Peter (Marcia), Minneapolis, Minn., and Timothy (DeeAnne), Albany, Ind.; one sister, Roscelia Lease, Steven Point; three stepsisters, Dorothy McTigue, Sioux Falls, S.D., Martha (Dick) Hilderman, Jupiter, Fla., and Celestia “Lettie” Hymore, Parkston, S.D.; one stepbrother, Floyd “Jack” Heaton of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one grandson and her stepmother, Zelda Ditto Kjendalen.