Harriet Jeanette Hagen

Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Harriet J. Hagen, age 90, passed away on June 17, 2018 in Billings at Billings Clinic Hospital after a brief recurrence of cancer.

She was born on July 19, 1927 in Minot, N.D. to Peter and Laura Linnertz. Harriet graduated from St. Leo’s Catholic high School and later married Melvin D. Hagen on Nov. 26, 1947. They had three children, David, Robert, and Laura while living in Minot.

The family relocated to Lewistown, Montana in 1960, where they resided until Melvin’s death in 2006. Harriet was the secretary at Valley Vista Manor Nursing Home for many years. She and Melvin later owned and operated the Credit Bureau of Lewistown until their retirement.

Harriet then moved to Billings to be close to family. She was proud to have lived independently until age 90, after which she resided at Highgate Assisted Living. She enjoyed excellent care and comfort in her final months of life.

Harriet cherished her family, friends, sewing and needlework, square dancing, motor home trips to Arizona, and church activities. She was an active member of the Catholic Daughters, a Hospice volunteer, and an avid bridge player. The loves of her life were her only grandson, Kyle, daily walks, visiting neighbors, and especially sharing treats and hugs with her many dog friends throughout the years.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, James P. and Raymond C.; sisters-in-law, Louise and Joan Linnertz; and son-in-law, Scott C. Eldridge.

She is survived by her daughter Laura B. Eldridge of Billings; son Robert D. (Rebecca) Hagen of Laurel; son David M. (Carolyn), and grandson Kyle C. Hagen of Gillette, Wyoming; god-daughter Kathy Mazzye, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Harriet’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on July 16, 2018 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Billings, Montana with a luncheon to follow at the church. Cremation has taken place and Inurnment will occur at 11 a.m. on July 17, 2018 at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lewistown with a luncheon following at the Little Big Man.

Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Condolences can be sent by visiting www.cfgbillings.com.



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