Ina Geraldine Haugen Obituary

  • Ina Geraldine Haugen
    In Loving Memory of

    Ina Geraldine Haugen

    Birth Date: Jan 4th, 1924 Death Date: Feb 4th, 2015
    Ina Geraldine Erickson Haugen of Plano, TX, born January 4, 1924, in Towner, North Dakota, to Lawrence and Goldene Danielson Erickson, passed away February 4, 2015. Ina’s father was depot agent for the Great Northern railroad, causing the family to live in several small towns in North Dakota as she grew up, settling in Hannaford, ND. She graduated from Hannaford HS in 1941 and attended Fargo Business College (Dakota Business College). Ina, her mother and sisters worked in the Seattle, WA area during WWII, in various jobs, supporting the troops, as did many women of that era.

    Ina married Leonard (Curly) Orville Haugen on November 22, 1947, moving to Detroit Lakes, MN in 1948. Ina took a secretarial position with the city of Detroit Lakes that year, and was appointed deputy clerk-treasurer two years later. She held that position until retirement in February 1983. She was highly regarded by all who worked with her. She "loved her work and interacting with people," traits she was known by in her family and community.

    She and Curly were members of First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes since 1951. She was active and held offices in various organizations, including the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers of Minnesota, International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Democratic Party of Minnesota, Business and Professional Women’s Club, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Elkettes. She was named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Detroit Lakes in 1972. She enjoyed golf, bridge, gardening, fishing, collecting recipes, and, of course, preparing those recipes.

    Ina was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three sisters (Doris Ashland, Vivian Kinn McGlaughlin, and Merna Hareland), step daughter Janice Anderson, nephew Mark Ashland and niece Betty Hareland. She leaves behind step grandchildren Kris Anderson Mickelwright and Jed Anderson, their children and many nieces and nephews who proudly called her their "favorite aunt."

    Services will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, Willmar, MN on February 10, 2015 at 11:00, with internment following at Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family requests you consider memorial contributions to First Lutheran Church Detroit Lakes, MN, Calvary Lutheran Church Willmar, MN or Business and Professional Women’s Club Detroit Lakes, MN in lieu of flowers.

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