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Florence Hagen

Florence Hagen, 85, Dickinson, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the St. Luke's Home, Dickinson.

Florence's Mass of Christian burial is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Dickinson, with the Rev. Basil Atwell as the celebrant.

Inurnment is in Rose Hill Cemetery, Reeder.

Visitation is from 1-9 p.m. today at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, with a vigil at 7 p.m. with Deacon Ralph Stockert presiding

Visitation continues one hour prior to services at the church.

Florence Braxmeier was born on Feb. 25, 1923, Dickinson, the daughter of Frederick and Edith (Freed) Braxmeier. She was raised and educated in Dickinson.

Florence worked as secretary for the president of Dickinson State Teachers College, where she met Vernon F. Hagen.

Vernon and Florence were married in December 1947 in Dickinson.

To this union, there were three children born.

The Hagen's moved to Milwaukee, where Florence went to work as a clerk for the Federal Bankruptcy Court.

She and her husband retired and moved to Custer, S.D., where they raised horses in the Black Hills.

They moved to Dickinson in 2001, where they have lived since.

Florence enjoyed reading, gardening, crossword puzzles and entertaining family and friends.

She always had a kind or inspirational word for others, and she loved to laugh.

Florence is survived by her son, David Hagen, Colorado Springs Colo.; three grandchildren, Aric Thorstad, Tara Collins and James Hagen; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, on March 24, 2007; two daughters, Laurel Thorstad and Kathy Hagen; her sisters, Elizabeth Davis, Pauline Derouin, Marie Berger, Eleanor Braxmeier and Margaret Elmquist; and one brother, Frank Braxmeier.

(Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson)