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Shirley Jean Hagemann - November 20, 2009


Shirley Jean (McCallum) Hagemann was born Jan. 5, 1942 to Clarence and Julia McCallum south of Holyoke. She died Nov. 20, 2009 at home in the care of loved ones.

As a young child, Shirley loved horses and that love was present throughout her life. If missing at dinner, her parents could find her at the stables in the barn caring for the riding and plow horses. Even into her adult and senior years, her life revolved around horses collecting various statues, placards, paintings and knick knacks of horses. Her other pastime favorites were bingo, pie baking, embroidery and country music dancing.

In 1974, Shirley and her three children, John, Cathy and Joanne moved from Portland, Ore. to Holyoke. There she met Marvin Hagemann. They married on April 24, 1976 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. In June of 1976 the Hagemanns moved to the Western Slope and settled in New Castle. In 1977, she gave birth to a son, James.

One horse story always stood out in her memories and that was Shasta. After bridle and saddle breaking, it was on the local area parades where she could be found preparing him for the day’s events.

Eighteen years later, Marvin and Shirley decided to return to the plains, settling in the Holyoke area once again, where she resided at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, two sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Hagemann; two sons, John Pitts and James Hagemann; two daughters, Cathy Smith and Joanne Valentine; three grand boys, Jeffery Johnson, Jonathan Smith and Brian Pitts; two granddaughters, Stephanie Pitts and McKenzie Hagemann; one great-grandson, Jacob; one great granddaughter, Natalie Smith; four brothers, Charles, Richard, Joe and Dan McCallum; four sisters, Phyllis Dobbins, Merna Olson, Cathy Ficsh and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 28 at Baucke Funeral Chapel in Holyoke, with Pastor Lou Encinias officiating. There was an inurnment at the Venango Cemetery in Venango, Neb.

Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke directed the service.