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Published March 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Lorraine C. Hagen

Lorraine Cora (Hellem) Hagen, age 88, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead, Minn.

She was born in Moorhead on November 4, 1924, to Laura (Melhus) and Conrad Hellem, graduating from Moorhead High School in 1942. Lorraine received her nursing degree from St. John’s School of Nursing in Fargo, ND, in 1945 and served in the Cadet Nurse Corps of the US Army. On May 11 of 1946, she married William Hagen of Fargo. After marriage, she worked as a private duty nurse.

Lorraine C. Hagen

Lorraine Cora (Hellem) Hagen, age 88, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead, Minn.

She was born in Moorhead on November 4, 1924, to Laura (Melhus) and Conrad Hellem, graduating from Moorhead High School in 1942. Lorraine received her nursing degree from St. John’s School of Nursing in Fargo, ND, in 1945 and served in the Cadet Nurse Corps of the US Army. On May 11 of 1946, she married William Hagen of Fargo. After marriage, she worked as a private duty nurse.

After her youngest child started fourth grade, she went to work at the Fargo Clinic as a registered nurse in the Orthopedic Department. Lorraine spent the next twenty years of her nursing career there before she retired in 1985.

While still in high school, she played softball for the Fargo Moorhead Softball League, winning the North Dakota State Girls Softball Championship team in 1940. She continued to play women’s fast pitch softball for the Fargo Moorhead Squirrels and other teams.

In 2009, Bill and Lorraine moved to Eventide Catered Living in Moorhead. Bill and Lorraine celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family and friends the weekend before Bill passed away in 2011.

Lorraine was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead. She loved a good book, playing cards, crocheting, knitting, fishing, tending her roses and flowers, and cheering on her children and grandchildren at their school and sporting events.

She is survived by her brother Arvid Hellem of Moorhead; step-brothers Bob (Marilyn) Leiseth of Detroit Lakes, Minn., David (Mary) of Redwing, Minn., Arvid (Marie) Leiseth, Moorhead, and Milton Leiseth, Sisseton, SD; step-sister Gladys (Jerry) Altenbernd of Sabin, Minn.; daughter Cheryl (Roger) Thorpe of Sheridan, WY; sons Rick (Sharon) Hagen of McKinney, TX, Bill (Chris) Hagen of Moorhead, and David (Trish) Hagen of Mundelein, IL; grandchildren Rachel (John Poole) Gordon, Matthew (Cassie) Hagen, John (Shahna) Hagen, Becky (Matt) Abel, Laura (Jonathan) Osinga, Jenna (Tony) Nelson, Dave Hagen, Emily Hagen; step-grandchildren Vicki (Dennis Nelson)Thorpe and Tom (Kim) Thorpe; eight great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren; and a step great-great granddaughter; sister-in-law Melba Hagen of Moorhead; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Norman; step-brothers, Ron Leiseth and Henry Leiseth; and step-sister, Lillian Landmark.

Funeral Service: Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead, MN.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service.

Interment: Moorhead Memorial Gardens, Moorhead, MN.

Online guestbook and video tribute at www.wrightfuneral.com.

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