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October 9, 1921 - February 21, 2014

Ruth was born October 9, 1921 near Riceford, Minnesota to Henry L. and Geneva R. (Bell) Hagen.  She graduated from the Mabel High School in 1939 and received her teaching certificate from Luther College.  On June 8, 1944 she was united in marriage to Vernon Allen at the Riceford Lutheran Church parsonage.  She taught school at Grindeland, Highlandville, and Hesper schools before finishing her 35-year teaching career in the Decorah Schools. They had lived on Vernon’s home farm in Winneshiek County for 54 years until 2004 when they moved into Mabel. Vernon passed away August 24, 2012. She was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading, playing piano, archaeology, and family history.

Ruth passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel at the age of 92.

Ruth is survived by a son Jonathan (Gwen) of Mabel; a granddaughter Jody Roberts of Mabel; and two great grandsons Christopher Rogich of Rochester, Minnesota, and Adam Rogich of Mabel, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers Charles and Robert.

Funeral services will be 12 noon, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating.  Burial will be in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be 10 am until the time of services at the church.

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