Esther Haagenson, 87, Leeds, N.D., died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby, N.D.
Esther Hjelle was born May 2, 1922, near Tunbridge, N.D., the daughter of Fred and Inga (Braaten) Hjelle. She attended school in Rugby, graduating from high school in 1940. She worked for Citizens Bank, Rugby, and for the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service. She married Fergus Lyle Haagenson on Dec. 2, 1945. They purchased a farm near Rolette, N.D., then purchased a farm south of Leeds in 1960. He died Dec. 10, 1995. She entered Haaland Home, Rugby, in May 2000. In 2004 she moved to Heart of America Medical Center. She was a member of Leeds Lutheran Church and WELCA. She enjoyed baking, mission quilting bees, crocheting afghans and traveling.
She is survived by six sons, Leslie (Paula), Lowell (Theresa), Lorin (Patty) and Lynn (Renee), all of Leeds, Lester, Jamestown, and Lloyd (Jill), Williston; a daughter-in-law, Candace Haagenson, Jamestown; two sisters, Florence Crawford and Verna Heizelmen both Velva, N.D.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Raymond Hanson, California, Elmer Heizelmen, Velva, Milton and Lois Haagenson, Rolette, Neil Wenberg, Pennsylvania, Delvin and Judy Van Beek, Linton, N.D., and Steve and Marilyn Christianson, Rugby; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Marion Hanson; and a brother-in-law, Charlie Crawford.
Services: held Monday, Leeds Lutheran Church, Leeds, with the Rev. Richard Budd officiating. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Leeds.
Burial: Leeds Cemetery, Leeds, in the spring.
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