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Walter E. Hagemann Obituary
Hagemann, Walter E. Age 93, a lifelong resident of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 14, 2014. He was born on October 27, 1920 in Aurora, IL, to Frank and Ella Hagemann. Walter is survived by his daughters, Connie Highland and Jennifer (Patrick) Berthold; his six grandchildren, Victoria and Andrew Highland, Jocelyn and Madelyn Strutz, Ian (Sarah) and Nicholas Berthold; his great-grandchildren, Arianna and Illyana; his brother, Wilbert (Ruth); and sister-in-law, Jean (the late Herman); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Bonnie Campbell Hagemann in 2006; his parents; and his brothers, Frank (the late Hilda), Fred (the late Norma) and Herman (Jean). Walter, a graduate of Naperville High School, dedicated his life to his family and to farming. He and his four brothers were raised on the family's Plank Road farm where lifetime memories of hard work and togetherness were formed. Walter was a life member of The Naperville Moose Lodge #1290 and coached their championship basketball team. One evening after a game, he met the love of his life at The Midway Lounge on Washington Street. Bonnie Campbell, the organist at the Midway, married Walter on Thanksgiving Day, 1944 at Wesley United Methodist Church. During their early married life, they shared a small cottage in Camp Seager overlooking the ravine. In the early 1950's, Walter took over the day to day farming when his folks moved to town. Walt and Bonnie moved to the family farmhouse where they raised their two daughters. The Plank Road farmhouse was the scene of many rousing family gatherings for Walter's brothers and their growing families. Bonnie continued her music career and through Bonnie's music, Walt and Bonnie made many lasting friendships with people all across Chicagoland. They were founding members of The Naperville Organ Club and opened their home to hundreds of Bonnie's music students. Walter would often be in their kitchen cooking their supper and offering a friendly hello to the students. He loved to cook and prided himself in handling the family's entire Thanksgiving feast every year, even at 93 years old. In the late 1970's, he found his "little piece of paradise" along the river and he and Bonnie moved to town, yet he never stopped farming. Walter was a member of the DuPage County Farm Bureau since 1960, serving for several years as director up to 2007. He was proud to serve on The DuPage County Fair Board for over 20 years. He volunteered at the fair each summer. Walter also worked many years at Agrinectics (P.A.G.) and was always helping fellow farmers, especially at planting and harvest time. He was one of the original members of the "Noisy 6" Card Club. Walter looked forward to breakfasts every Saturday morning with the breakfast bunch. He belonged to The Wheatland Plowing Match Association and rarely missed their events. Walter was a truly humble man, who was admired and respected as a mentor and friend to all who's paths he crossed. His love and understanding of nature were unparalleled. He will be greatly missed by many. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 20, 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Naperville Cemetery. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 South Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. (630) 355 0213, www.friedrichjones.com.
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Published in Naperville Sun on Aug. 17, 2014
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