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Karen R. (Gansen) Hageman

March 31, 1965 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old

Karen Hageman Obituary

Karen Hageman (58) ended her silent battle with cancer on December 2nd, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born March 31, 1965 to Norb and Mary Gansen in New Hampton, Iowa. She grew up in Fredericksburg and Cresco, and she graduated in 1983, from Notre Dame High School in Cresco. 

She met the love of her life, Wayne Hageman in grade school, and they became high school sweethearts and were inseparable. After high school, Wayne’s work took him to the East Coast, where they resided for two years in the Vermont and New Hampshire areas. When the opportunity arose, they returned to Cresco to build their lives and family together. 

Karen was strong-willed and stubborn at times but also had a generous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. She was gracious, humble, and one of the most selfless people you would ever have met. She started her career in cosmetology, later changing to accounting. She felt a void in her work and decided to change directions and follow her true calling to help people. This led her to reflexology and starting her own business, Healing Hands Reflexology. Over the years, she helped heal many of her clients physically and mentally. She was a counselor and always had an ear to listen to anyone in need.

She lived out her vocations of matrimony and family and took making memories and traditions very seriously. From making Christmas cookies to family vacations at the cabin, she ensured they happened, no matter how busy life got. She and Wayne were able to experience one of their lifetime goals of purchasing a cabin on the lake a few years ago. They spent a lot of time fishing, boating, and just being together at their very own piece of paradise. A million memories were made in just a few short years at the cabin. Her presence will continue to live on and be felt on every trip up North.

Karen’s faith was important to her, and it carried her through many of the struggles in her life. Even in her final days, she never stopped praying and never gave up the fight for more time to love the world and those in it. Her time on this earth was shorter than we all had hoped, but she gave us a lifetime of love and taught us all how to live a little more humbly and keep faith in even the most difficult situations. 

She is survived by her husband Wayne Hageman, daughters Kayla (Jason) Shields, Tracy (Tony) Herold, and Alissa (Tim) Schafer; and grandchildren Sebastian, Baby Herold, and Willow; her parents, Norb and Mary Gansen; her siblings Doug (Linda) Gansen, Teresa (Bill) Fox, Joan (Jeff) Minear, and Nicki Gansen; her brother-in-law David (Kathy) Hageman; and many nieces and nephews. 

Karen is preceded in death by her in-laws Lawrence and Gladys Hageman.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for theirs is the kingdom of God.

Mass of Christian Burial for Karen will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, IA with Father Jacob Rouse officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco and will continue from 10-11 a.m. at the church on Thursday.


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December 6, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco, IA

December 7, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Notre Dame Parish Church
223 2nd Ave. E.
Cresco, IA 52136

Funeral Mass
December 7, 2023

11:00 AM
Notre Dame Parish Church
223 2nd Ave. E.
Cresco, IA 52136


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