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Lillian Haagenson

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Lillian “Lily” Haagenson, age 96, of Mabel, Minnesota died Friday, April 27, 2012, at the age of 96 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where she has been a resident for five years and ten months.

Lily was born May 17, 1915, in Fillmore County to Olaf and Clara (Peterson) Lysgaard. She attended rural school in Newburg. She was united in marriage to Giffen S. Haagenson on September 14, 1935, in Spring Grove by Rev. Breen. They farmed north of Mabel and the surrounding area until 1951 when they moved into Mabel. In 1954 they bought the Amherst Store and she operated it for 54 years. Giffin preceded her in death on October 29, 1961. Lily was a member of the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed, and was their oldest member. She enjoyed trips to Decorah buying for the store, and sitting around visiting with family, friends, and neighbors. In July of 2006 she became a resident of the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

Lily is survived by two sons, Gerald (Janet) of Mabel and Larry (Sharol) of Dakota, Minnesota; one grandson Brad (Liza) of Lewiston, Minnesota; two sisters, Irene Vigeland of Mabel, and Gertie Bakkum of Rushford, Minnesota; a sister-in-law Rose Haagenson of Manchester, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Giffen; her parents; and two sisters Bertha Bjergum and Dorothy Inglett.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church.

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