Grace Mae Hagl, 77, went peacefully to be with the Lord on July 28, 2012 after a long illness. Grace was born July 24, 1935 to George and Irene Buttelman in Glendive, Mont., the middle child of three daughters. When she was in the 5th grade she and her family moved to Bozeman, where she graduated from high school in 1953. In 1957, she moved to Denver where she met her soul mate, Edward Joseph Hagl, a U.S. Navy career man, whom she married in 1961 in Reno, Nev. and tragically lost in 1968 in Vietnam.
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Mother to three children, Ed Hagl Jr., Diana (Michael) McFeters and Debbie (Herb) Reintsma, Grace returned to her family in Bozeman and devoted her life to raising and caring for her children with the values instilled in her by her parents. Over the years, Grace worked for various telephone companies, Gallatin Co. Superintendent of Schools, Culligan Water Conditioning, and volunteered her time to military families through the Red Cross.
Grace is survived by her three children; sisters, Georgene (Lou) Harwood and Patricia Carver; grandchildren, Brandon (Liz-fiance) Reintsma, U.S. Navy of Oklahoma City, and Nicholas and Nathan McFeters of Seattle; step-daughter Cheri Hagl; special friends, Dorothy Howey, Carol Code, Ester McGowen, Jackie Harrison, Marsha Kimm, Pat Nash, and Larry and Janet Houser; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grace is preceded in death by her husband, Ed Hagl; parents, Irene and George Buttelman; parents-in-law, Madeline and Harry Hagl; sister-in-law, Rose Smith; brother-in-law, Harry Edward Hagl Jr., and Robert Edward Hagl; and nieces, Paula Stene and Dena Lynn Rudolf.
Grace loved to garden, read, travel with friends, and spend time playing with her grandchildren. She was loved and will be missed by numerous friends who express Grace's compassion and willingness to place the needs of others over those of her own. "Gramma Grace" will forever be remembered as the keeper of hugs and kisses and the never empty candy jar.
A special thanks to Hospice of Southwest Montana, Cottonwood Case Management and the many neighbors and friends who made Grace's last month's more comfortable and enabled her to remain in her home as per her wishes.
Visitation hours will be from 12 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Dokken-Nelson with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Interment will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans of Montana or Hospice of Southwest Montana. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 31, 2012