In Memory of

Gretchen Hagedorn

March 27, 1930 - September 29, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Gretchen Hagedorn

Gretchen Hagedorn

Born: March 27, 1930
Died: September 29, 2018
Age: 88

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     What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.  This is how Gretchen tried to live.  She was born to Ellis Thayer Morgan and Pearl Margaret Eggers on March 27, 1930 in Persia, Iowa.  Gretchen graduated from Spencer High School in 1948, attended Morningside College, took graduate studies at Northern Iowa and graduated from Buena Vista University.

     Gretchen was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church serving as organist for 55 years.  The Spencer Area Concert Association was an important project to bring the best musical talent available to North West Iowa.  Other vital interests in her life were: Clef Club, PTA, Eastern Star and Delta kappa Gamma, and honorary teacher’s organization.  Martha Church Circle was an important service.

     Lowell Duane Hagedorn and Gretchen were married on March 3, 1951 in Grace United Methodist Church while it was blizzarding outside.  Twenty-four relatives and friends were able to brave the elements and attend.  There was one tractor and three pickups in the parking lot.  They wanted to get married before Lowell entered the military service.  They had many happy times in Colorado Springs near Camp Carson, Colorado.

     John Jay Hagedorn of Chanhassen, MN is their son.  John and his wife, Kathy and granddaughters, Morgan and Shelby were greatly loved by Lowell and Gretchen.

     Gretchen started teaching in Old North School.  She took off to be a mother and Cub Scout Den Mother.  Her troops and Gretchen marched in several parades.

     Gretchen was a 6th grade teacher at Fairview School for 24 years.  She enjoyed substituting and especially at Sacred Heart School.

     In her free hours she enjoyed reading, gardening and golf.  Friends were very important in her lifetime.  Playing bridge and traveling were special joys.  Seeing God’s handiwork in many foreign lands was her thrill with all of the lasting memories.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer, Iowa.

In Lieu of Flowers Memorials are designated to:
Grace United Methodist Church or Abben Cancer Center
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Martha Circle Members
Monday Bridge and 500 Card Club
Golf Friends and Tuesday Morning League
Will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family present at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Beautiful Garden Of Prayer"
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
By Gary Klett

Congregational Hymn
"Fairest Lord Jesus"

Organist, Arla Kintigh


Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:53 AM
“Mrs. Hagedorn was a huge influence on me as a student. Her impact was beyond explanation! I often wondered how she was doing. Prayer for her family and the world gain another angel!”
- Marianna Lage
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:04 PM
“We are sending our condolences to the family. Gretchen was a special lady!”
- Art & Kay Schueneman
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM
“Our most sincere sympathies to John, Kathy, Morgan, and Shelby. Gretchen was so thoughtful, energetic, and classy! She encouraged everyone to be their best. God bless her. ”
- JP Greer
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 6:51 PM
“Mrs. Hagedoorn was one of my beloved teachers. In sixth grade, she was my homeroom teacher and she would read to our class after lunch. Sometimes a book, a chapter or so a day, and sometimes a poem that we would then discuss. I will never forget when she recited "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. Because of that, I have become a very proficient tree hugger. Gretchen was an inspiration for living life with purpose and keeping a sense of humor about most everything. And can I just say, she sure had STYLE! ”
- Jojean Freeburg
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:44 AM
“Gretchen was one of a kind and we feel beyond blessed to have called her our friend. She will be dearly missed. ”
- Paul and Julie Kassel
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:35 AM
“Will miss Gretchen. Always appreciated her fun spirit!”
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM
“What an incredible woman ! She is taking heaven to be her own and spreading smiles already up there ! She will never be forgotten ! RIP Gretchen”
- Rhonda Olson
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:50 AM
“What a blessing to have known this wonderful and inspiring woman.
Rest in Peace Gretchen”
- Mari Lu Larson
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:06 AM
“Mrs. Hagedorn was my fourth grade teacher at North School and I had a crush on her! I am glad I got to talk to her a few years ago when she played at my nephew's wedding. She was a very nice and gracious lady.”
- Tom Dillivan
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:06 AM
“It has been the truest of joys to have known Gretchen! She will be missed here, but music will fill the entire heavens as she greets our Father. ”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:06 AM
“While I am saddened by Gretchen's passing, I can't help but smile thinking about her. You talk about someone doing life at full speed, this is your Gal! Heaven's not gonna be prepared for this! Ha! R.I.P. Young Lady.

My sincere condolences to John and his Family, and to all those that crossed this Lady's path and called her a friend. Take care.

- Tony Lowe
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:06 AM
“My thoughts are with Gretchen's family, and in particular, my high school classmate, John. I grew up in the Spencer United Methodist Church, and listened to Gretchen master the massive concert organ for many years. Sometimes, when she took rare breaks away for a weekend, I would substitute. To this day, it was an anxiety-producing experience, and perhaps more to my mother (sitting in the front row) than myself. Gretchen represented such a solid figure in the church, which I value to this day. I am so sorry for your loss, John, and just know that your mom is in a great place now- at peace, and living in abundant life. ”
- Kathy Kunath
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 8:55 PM
“My prayers are with the family with the loss of this amazing women. Getting to work with her where she spent her last days were truly amazing. She will live on in beautiful memories and never be forgotten.”
- Julie Ash
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:23 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of Gretchen’s passing. Her spirit will live in my heart as well of those of many others. My history with Gretchen goes back to my childhood at Grace United Methodist Church, including my time in the youth choir. She also played at my wedding, and much later, at the funerals of both of my parents, George and Joanne Mallory. We all thought highly of her and enjoyed her gift of music throughout the years. It was a pleasure knowing this lovely woman. My sympathy to John and family. God bless.”
- Pat Robidoux
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:38 PM
“Gretchen always had a smile and helping hand for all she met! Gretchen was a very special person and will be missed by many. I will remember all of the Flagfest Youth Ambassador Competitions that she played for. Gretchen is in God's arms now celebrating. Prayers for the family.”
- Becky Fear-Hatting
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:14 PM
“Gary and I have special memories of Gretchen as she played the organ for our candle light wedding on Feb. 14th, 1969. She was so helpful and our singer was young and she helped her as well. We kept a special passing relationship thru out the past 49 years. She was a dear and we will miss her. Christian Love and hugs to her family. We know she is celebrating in Heaven!”
- Gary and Vicki Seversen
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 2:34 PM
“Gretchen will be missed by so many. She always had that special smile and kind words to say. Heaven has gain a beautiful angel. My sympathy to all the family. Blessings! Doris Salton”
- Doris Salton
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 2:34 PM
“We are so sorry to read of dear Mrs Hagedorn's passing. Our oldest daughter, Alyssa, had her as her kindergarten teacher, the last year that Mrs. Hagedorn taught prior to her retirement. She was truly an inspiration to all of her students over the years, as well as a committed staff member to the Fairview teachers. Whenever we saw her in public, she always asked about our daughter by name, something to commend her for, given how many lives that she touched over the years. She was a true gem! During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of God's unfailing love, and feel comfort in the great legacy that she has left with her imprint on her many students over the years. Tom and Mary Galik”
- Tom and Mary Galik
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 2:33 PM
“I fondly remember my sixth grade teacher Mrs. Hagedorn, I currently teach sixth grade and think of her fondly each year when I share with my own classes two poems she share with me. “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The song of Hiawatha”. Many condolences to the family of this special woman.❤️”
- Kate (McMullen) Westphal
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:42 AM
“Gretchen is memorable for all the right reasons! Personable, creative, a great teacher, caring, ambitious, etc. etc. No one will take her place, but she was a role model for many.
- Tom and Judy Hart
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 10:40 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss, Gretchen's passing. She was a great lady, who gave of herself to many. She inspired many and will be missed.”
- Margaret Molitor
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 10:08 AM
“We have known Gretchen for many years, starting with getting to know her at Grace Methodist Church. Then when I started golfing on the women's golf league, I got to know her better. She was a very special lady, and I will miss her. Praying for her whole family.”
- Jim and Barb Kerns
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 10:07 AM
“Gretchen was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed!”
- Susan & Tim Christensen
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 10:07 AM
“So sorry for your loss John and Kathy. Gretchen was truly a wonderful person and a pleasure to know. I remember her well from times at your farm, cub scouts, Grace Church and, of course, the organist at our wedding. Truly a life well lived.”
- Alan & Janelle Condra
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM
“We loved Gretchen, she was so full of life and had such a since of fun. I know that when you think of her a smile will cross your face as it does mine.
I'm grateful to have known her, and send our sympathies and love. ”
- Holly and Chuck Kellogg
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM
“Gretchen had such a loving and giving spirit. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for her family ”
- Rhonda Streufert
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM
“Our early morning rounds of golf were an inspiration to me. You lead me to understand the sound of every kind of bird. You increased my love of reading. I will never forget you.”
- Fern Kilts
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:20 AM
“R.I.P. Gretchen. You were an inspiration to many. Your beautiful smile & positive attitude will never be forgotten. God Bless your family & friends, may we all cherish the wonderful memories you've left behind. Judi & family. ”
- Judi Nielsen
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:20 AM
“I’m so sorry for the family’s loss. She was the sweetest! I loved having her as a substitute teacher (all throughout school) even as she volunteered at Spencer hospital! I loved seeing her still trying to encourage others to read! She was filled with such knowledge and loved to share it!! She will be dearly missed as she was one of the rare ones. ”
- Callie Hoffman
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:20 AM
“Gretchen, we’ve played a lot of music together over the years...... And you were a fantastic 6th grade teacher. I will miss you and your positivity and sunshine!”
- Dan Bell
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:20 AM
“Please accept my sincere condolences. Mrs. Hagedorn is the teacher I will always remember as a guiding force who impressed upon me the importance of honoring God and country. We unfailingly recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each day, participated in the process of choosing and debating presidential candidates, and memorized the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. "... A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray ... " I am sending my prayers for her soul to find eternal rest.”
- Tracy (Feddersen) Chessen
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:19 AM
“I am so sorry to hear this! She was a very special lady to so many and will be missed by everyone that knew her! RIP”
- Julie Thiesen
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:19 AM
“Mrs Hagedorn was my 6th grade teacher. I still enjoy the memories. ”
- Craig Reuter
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:19 AM
“We are sure going to miss you Gretchen! You were such a huge part of Spencer. Everyone knew Mrs. Hagedorn!!!”
- Kim & Reynold Peterson
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:19 AM
“Our condolences to her family. Gretchen was a person that always lit up the room had a smile on her face and really enjoyed people young and old she will be greatly missed. God Bless. ”
- Glenn &Marilyn Biggar
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:19 AM
“Grechet was a lady with strength in what ever she tackled. We send our sympathy and prayers to her family, and ”
- Bob and Kathy Eilers
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 3:29 PM
“She was such a beautiful person and I will miss her everyday.”
- Myra Coover
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