PEKIN – Helen Dorothy Hagen, 92, of Pekin, Ill., formerly of DeKalb, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. She was the daughter of Melvin and Anna (Nelson) Knutson.|
Helen was married to the late Otto C. Hagen on Feb. 6, 1945, in Plainfield; he preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1996.
Helen was a bookkeeper at First National Bank, a secretary for State Farm Insurance, and a clerk at Northern Illinois University. She was a charter member of the Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary, a member of First United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Barb City Manor. Before coming to DeKalb, Helen lived in Rockford and Austin, Texas.
Survivors include son, Gregory (Carol) Hagen of Charlottesville, Va.; twin daughters, Kathleen (Robert) Lee of Boiling Springs, Pa., Laureen (William) Allison of East Peoria; six grandchildren, Michelle (Mark) Valentine, John (Laura) Allison, Jennifer Lee, Erik Hagen, Kristi Hagen and Alexander Hagen; four great-grandchildren, Nathan Valentine, Logan Valentine, Daniel Allison and Charlotte Allison; sister, Shirley Alioto; brother, Robert Knutson; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Otto; sisters, Arlie, Irma, Ruby and Burnette; and brothers, Leaman, Orvin, Archie, Truman, Manley, Maynard and Wesley.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jon Hutchison officiating. The visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Saratoga Cemetery in Morris.
Memorials can be made to the family to be established at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. To send an online condolence, visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com; 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2014