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Obituary, Lillian Hatlen Hagerman, 91


Lillian Hatlen Hagerman

Lillian Hatlen Hagerman passed away on March 7, 2014 at the Petersburg Medical Center Long Term Care Unit.

She was born on June 2, 1922 in Borgund, Norway to Karl and Magda Hatlen. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to the United States. When Lillian was three years old, her family made their home in Petersburg, Alaska and she spent the rest of her life there.

She met and married Edward Hagerman in 1940. Ed and Lillian were able to share over 65 happy years together before Ed's passing in 2006. Ed and Lillian were true partners in life. They spent many hours working on their homes and yards, sport fishing, spending time at their cabin at Blind Slough, and were partners in several business endeavors. Many will remember Hagerman's Variety store which the family owned and operated for many years.

Lillian loved children and a good part of her life was spent raising them. The Hagermans had two boys, Kenneth and Wayne, and a daughter Alice that died in infancy. When the boys were in high school they adopted two girls, Kathy and Nikki. Later in life, Ed and Lillian helped to raise Nikki's children Erika and Jeffrey Crawford.

She was always willing to set up a project, go fishing or berry picking or just be out on the water with her children or grandchildren. Lillian enjoyed various hobbies throughout the years. She loved to garden, sew, knit, crochet, needlepoint, and tole painted many beautiful objects of which Ed had crafted in his shop and other family members were the happy recipients. She was an excellent cook and everyone misses her homemade bread that she could whip up without a recipe.

Lillian was active in the Petersburg Lutheran Church, the Petersburg Hospital Guild, the Emblem Club and Eastern Star. She spent many hours working at the Charity Box in her younger years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Magda and Karl Hatlen; her husband Ed; infant daughter Alice; daughter Nikki Schafer; and grandson Eddie Dunne.

Lillian is survived by her son Ken (Beth) Hagerman, son Wayne (Gloria) Hagerman, daughter Kathy Dunne; grandchildren Jill (Walt) Armstrong, Karl (Robyn) Hagerman, Heather (Morgan) Stein, Grant (Tatiana) Hagerman, Blake Hagerman, Missy Dunne, Jonathan Dunne, Erika Crawford, Jeff Crawford, and Holly Richards; and many great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on June 7, time to be announced later. Memorials may be made to the Petersburg Medical Center with a memo for the Long Term Care Activities Fund, the Petersburg Hospital Guild or Petersburg Lutheran Church.


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