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Betty Josephine Hagen

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On March 12, 2019 @ 6:25 pm In 2019,Obituaries | 13 Comments

Betty J. Hagen, of Prior Lake, passed away on March 11, 2019 at the age of 89.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant Street SE) in Prior Lake.  A Celebration of Life Service is Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation one-hour prior at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church (3611 North Berens Road) in Prior Lake.  Betty’s grandchildren will act as urn bearers, and Betty will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 

On March 19, 1929, Betty Josephine Bianco was born to parents Joseph & Elizabeth Bianco.  Betty was one of eight children, and she loved growing up in Newton, Massachusetts with her siblings, Dom, Viola, Angie, Sam, Patty, Nancy & Jimmy.  Her childhood was a happy one.  She made many wonderful friends and loved spending time with her family. 

A couple years after graduating from high school, Betty knew the west coast was calling her.  Her mother encouraged her to follow this dream, so Betty headed west with a couple girlfriends and settled in California.   

While living in California, she was set up on a blind date with Don Hagen. They came from very different backgrounds, Don being the only child from a Norwegian family and Betty coming from a big Italian family, but their love flourished. On February 19, 1955 they exchanged wedding vows in Long Beach, California. Don and Betty were blessed with 4 wonderful children, Susan, Kris, John and Judy. 

In 1963, the Hagens moved to Burnsville, MN.  Betty was at home with the kids while they were young.  She taught them the importance of family and always had a delicious meal ready for them.  Betty was a wonderful baker and cook, especially her Italian dishes with lasagna being everyone’s favorite. Once the kids were all in school, Betty began working as a secretary for the Vice Principal of Burnsville High School.  She loved her job, coworkers and all the students from BHS. 

In retirement, Betty and Don enjoyed traveling.  They took many road trips, went on cruises and took a memorable trip to Italy with many of Betty’s siblings.  Betty also enjoyed knitting, golfing, and playing Bridge with a group of life-long friends.   

Although Betty had many hobbies, family was her biggest priority.  She loved having the family over for Sunday dinners.  When grandkids arrived, Betty and Don couldn’t get enough of them.  Kevin, Lukas, Joe, Emily & Liz were the light of Betty’s life, and she would do anything for them.   

About nine years ago, Don & Betty both dealt with some health issues, so they moved into McKenna Crossing Senior Living.  They made new friends and loved having their daughter, Susan live with them.  Betty spent many wonderful years at McKenna. 

Betty was a funloving and outgoing person. She was kind, generous and loved her family deeply.  Betty will be remembered always by her loving children, Susan Hagen, Kris Hagen, John (Rose) Hagen, Judy (Doug) Johnson; grandchildren, Joe, Emily & Liz Hagen, Kevin & Lukas Johnson; brother, Jimmy Bianco; many nieces & nephews, other loving relatives and devoted friends.  Betty was greeted in Heaven by her husband, Don Hagen; parents, Joseph & Elizabeth Bianco; siblings Dom, Viola, Angie, Sam, Patty & Nancy. 

Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation proudly serves the Hagen family.  www.BallardSunderFuneral.com  

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Condolence from SMouton on March 14th, 2019 3:47 pm

My condolences to Ms. Hagen Family. No doubt this is a very difficult time. Psalms 94:19 says “When anxieties overwhelmed me, you comfort and soothed me. Our loving God promises to give you the strength to cope with this loss you are experiencing and he promises to hold your hand every step of the way. (Isaiah 61:10 and Jeremiah 29:11,12.) May the resurrection promise give you peace and hope today and the days to come (John 5:28-29)

Condolence from Judy (Hagen) Johnson on March 19th, 2019 1:09 pm

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers….they are appreciated

Condolence from Pat Bergen on March 18th, 2019 7:16 pm

We read about Betty in the Mpls. paper…so sorry for your loss.
Not sure if you will remember but I am Pat Bergen. Our family lived next to your grandma and grandpa…Palma and Elmer. . We all enjoyed visiting with your mom and dad and then all you kids when you came to visit. You had a wonderful family and have good memories from those days. I am the only surviving one in that family . Rita passed away in June 2016 and Jack passed away last year in May.
Just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Condolence from Judy (Hagen) Johnson on March 19th, 2019 1:08 pm

Pat… of course we remember you! So sorry to hear about Rita and Jack. How is Mary? John & I were such good friends with her when we came to visit my grandma.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers…they are appreciated.

Condolence from Keith Bianco on March 19th, 2019 7:22 am

My condolences to the Hagan family my heart prayers go out to you at this time of need,, be comforted to know that they’re up in heaven being comforted with other beloved family members

Condolence from Judy (Hagen) Johnson on March 19th, 2019 1:16 pm

Keith, so good to hear from you despite the circumstances. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I know my Dad was waiting for her and Dom & Mary and all the rest of the crew are with them. They all loved each other so much. It’s comforting to know that they are together again. Love you to all

Condolence from Bruce R. on March 19th, 2019 7:51 am

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

Condolence from Judy (Hagen) Johnson on March 19th, 2019 1:10 pm

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers….they are appreciated

Condolence from Judy Burman on March 19th, 2019 10:35 am

My deepest sympathies to all of Betty’s family. As part of the “Bridge Group” we enjoyed a long relationship. We shared a lot of meals, stories and pictures over the years. Susan I especially enjoyed your cheerfulness when I came by to pick Betty up. I know it will be hard without mom but give your doggie companion an extra hug to share your love.

Condolence from Judy (Hagen) Johnson on March 19th, 2019 1:11 pm

Judy, of course she loved “The Bridge Group” with every fiber of her being. Lifelong friends that had so many wonderful memories. I will pass along the message for Susan. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Diane Chappuis on March 19th, 2019 11:00 am

We always loved seeing Betty and Don who were so positive and happy. We enjoyed her spunk!!!
All our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love Diane and Mike Chappuis

Condolence from Judy (Hagen) Johnson on March 19th, 2019 1:13 pm

Di, Thank you and Mike for all your love and support. It means the world to us. Mom & Dad are happy again now that they are together…

Condolence from Michael Francis on March 22nd, 2019 8:34 am

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

My deepest condolences for your loss. Please know that Betty and all your family is in my prayers.

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