Marna J. Hagen, 92, of Ipswich, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Melody Pines Care Home in Genesee Township, Michigan.
Marna's wishes were for simple graveside services at the Ipswich City Cemetery. However, due to the cemetery conditions, a brief service will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Marna was born October 25, 1917 in Independence, Iowa to Charles Jay & Nellie (Bowers) Bantz.
She graduated from high school in Glencoe, Minnesota in 1935. In 1937 she received a one year rural teaching certificate from Northern Industrial School in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
She was married to Earle F. Hagen in 1937 at Waubay, South Dakota, a marriage that would last for 67 years until Earle's death in 2004. They originally lived in Aberdeen, S.D. and moved to Ipswich, S.D. in 1941 when Earle took over the Chevrolet dealership in Ipswich.
Marna taught rural school in Harmony Township for several years and then began assisting Earle at the dealership until it was sold in 1975. After retirement Marna returned to Northern State Teacher's College in Aberdeen and completed a course and became a licensed realtor. Although she never sold real estate she was very proud of this accomplishment.
She continued to enjoy retirement with Earle, operating their ranching operation northwest of Ipswich and enjoying camping with their travel trailer and several long trips to Arizona, Wyoming and Michigan.
She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Bain of Flint, Michigan; three grandchildren, Roger (Linda) Bain, Michelle Dillard, and Scott (Lora) Bain, all of Flint, Michigan; 5 great grandchildren, Patrick Earle, Lukas, Brian & Ashlie Bain & April Cagle; and 2 great great granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son in law, Donald Bain, grandson in law, Jerry Dillard, one great granddaughter and one sister, Lucille Croll.
Marna and family are especially grateful to Marna's special friends, Margie & Arnold Holsing of Ipswich and her special "angels", Charlene Schrum of Eureka and Dee Arbach of Ipswich.