Catherine Hageman

Saturday, January 6, 2024 8:17 pm

Catherine Hageman, age 84, of Calmar, passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at Ossian Senior Hospice surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar, with Rev. Henry Huber presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday morning.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St Aloysius Church Improvement fund.

Born on Feb. 13, 1939, at home in Lourdes, Iowa, to John and Mildred Flaherty, Cathy attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic school through eighth grade and then attended at Cresco High School. Following her high school graduation Cathy and her close friend ventured to Waterloo and gained office positions at Rath Packing Company. While on a trip back home for the weekend Cathy met Ronald Hageman at Matter’s Ball Room, the man who would become her husband and lifelong partner. Cathy and Ron married on October 20, 1959. In 1961, they purchased a farm outside of Calmar where they would raise their family and live their entire lives. Cathy and Ron welcomed four children, Rick, Lori, Lisa, and Jenny. Cathy was a devoted wife and mother, doing all household duties and tasks to ensure both the children and the men farming were well taken care of. She enjoyed keeping a tidy yard, meticulously clean home, and neat appearance. Cathy was well known for her homemade food, especially her kolaches that were loved by many. Over the years, Cathy and Ron enjoyed spending time on the dance floor, especially Polka dancing. In the later years, they enjoyed breaks from the cold by spending time in Arizona.

As a lifelong member of the St. Aloysius Church, she served as a Rosary Society Officer and chairman. As an officer, she was also instrumental in a church wide cookbook. Cathy also enjoyed being a member of the Calmar Golf & Country Club, she especially enjoyed playing cards on ladies’ day. In the evenings you could always catch Cathy watching Wheel of Fortune and she loved quickly solving the phrases as they came up.

Cathy enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren Justin, Brandon, Rachel, and Hanna with homemade treats whenever they stopped by. She was known for offering a ham sandwich on a fresh homemade roll and always having kolaches in the freezer, which she loved sending home with the grandchildren.

Cathy and her husband Ron had a special bond, always caring and devoted to each other. She followed him to heaven just one month and one day after his passing.

Those left to honor her memory include son; Rick Hageman, Calmar, daughters and a son-in-law, Lori (Gregg) Mai of Osage, Lisa Reilly of Ankeny, Jennifer Hageman of  Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren; Justin (Molly) Mai, Brandon (Jackie) Mai, Rachel Reilly and Hanna Reilly. Great grandchildren: Levi Lanphier, Will and Ruby Mai; brother: Robert Flaherty; sister-in-law, Kay Flaherty; brother and sisters-in-law: Delbert (MaryAnn) Hageman, Herb Hageman, Roger (Joyce) Hageman; Gertie (Paul) Kuennen; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, John and Mildred Flaherty; sisters, Dorothy Poshusta and Lorraine Polansky; brother, Tom Flaherty; sister-in-law, Janet Flaherty; brother-in-law, Edward Polansky; in-laws Ray and Florence Hageman; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Hageman; nephews Darin Hageman and Gary Hageman; and niece; Amy Hageman.

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