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Nils Haga

82, of Woodside, CA. passed away on March 8, 2014.  He was born on March 26, 1932 in Bennäs, Finland, to the late Viktor and Anna (Cedarberg) Haga and was one of eight sons. Nils immigrated to the United States to Palo Alto, CA in October of 1963 with his wife Greta, two children, two suit cases and $500, in pursuit of the "America Dream".


Nils is survived by his loving wife; Greta (Heselius) Haga, son; Roland Haga (Catherine), daughter; Rosita Hittle, (Robert), one brother; Bengt (Elisa) Haga, grandchildren; Alex (Aimee) and Maria Haga; Hannah, Nicholas, Samuel, and Rose Hittle, great-granddaughter; Sophia Haga.  He is preceded in death by mother and father, and his brothers; Lasse, Bror, Johan, Sven, Alf, and Per Haga. He is also survived by other relatives and friends in Finland, Sweden and here in the U.S, too many mention by name.


When he immigrated he worked many years as a carpenter throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and later became a self-employed licensed Contractor. He built many custom residential homes, apartments and developments in the San Francisco peninsula area. In his retirement he built a timber cabin on the family farm in Bennäs, Finland and spent many of his summers living, traveling and visiting family there.


Nils was a member of the San Francisco Order of Runeberg, an organization dedicated to keeping traditions alive, including Lutefisk!, and immigrants from Finland connected. He was great story teller of humorous stories from the different villages around Ostrobothnia, part of western Finland. He loved music and dancing to music from his homeland. When anyone asked what instrument he played he always said "the Radio". He became an instant fan of the San Francisco Giants when he arrived in 1963 and was also an avid NASCAR fan in his later years. Nils loved going camping, fishing and hunting and taking his family along throughout the western states and the British Columbia.  


His family passes on all their love and admiration for their husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Through his own wishes there will be no services at this time, as he has requested his remains be will placed at Pedersöre Church in Jakobstad, Finland.


Services and final care are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN.     www.shirleybrothers.com


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2014
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