Francis Hager, 91

Francis Hager, age 91, of Waseca, died peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 AM on Tuesday, May 21, at Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca with Fr. Gregory Leif as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday, May 20, with a parish prayer service at 7 PM at Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials are preferred to the Sacred Heart Education Endowment.

Arrangement are with the Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service ~ McRaith Chapel of Waseca.

Francis Hager was born on September 3, 1927 to George and Anna (Stamschror) Hager in Kellogg. He attended Kellogg Public School. At a young age he began working on the family farm where they raised crops, hogs, chickens and cattle. Francis also worked at Schutz Implement in the Kellogg area. In 1963, he met Margaret Bohnert and moved to Waseca in 1964, where they were married on February 8 of that year at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Together they had two children and shared 48 years of marriage before Margaret passed away on March 17, 2012.

Francis worked at EF Johnson Company, in the Machine Department, where he was employed for 23 years before retiring in 1990. Francis was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Francis had a passion for fishing. He also enjoyed gardening, grilling, shooting pool at the Senior Center and playing cards. Francis will be remembered as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. Blessed be his memory.

Francis is survived by his two children: Deacon Gary (Mary) Hager of Detroit Lakes and Jane (Mike) Shorter of Lonsdale; four grandchildren: Joe (Rachel) Hager, Emily (David) Gloe, Amanda and Allison Shorter; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Bohnert and Phyllis Bohnert; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters, and six brothers.



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