Agnes Hagny, age 93, of Gettysburg, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the Avera Gettysburg Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gettysburg with Pastor Bill Paepke officiating. Burial will follow at the Gettysburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 – 7 p.m., Friday, July 5 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Agnes Elizabeth Iversen was born to Marinus and Helga (Pedersen) Iversen on their homestead in Potter County. She attended country school and graduated from Gettysburg High School. Agnes went on to receive her teaching certificate at Aberdeen Teacher’s College. She taught school for four years in Potter County and eventually served on the Potter County Board of Education.
On March 8, 1942 she married Aaron F. Hagny in Harrold, SD, in the home of Pastor and Mrs. Seigel. After their marriage, they settled on the farm they purchased in Owatonna Township, where they continued to farm and ranch for over 50 years. Agnes enjoyed painting and painted several originals for her family. She was a great cook and well known for her delicious fried chicken and gravy. She hosted many family reunions at her home. Agnes was also a good seamstress. She was a quilter for Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Agnes was a member of the Women’s National Bowling Federation; the South Dakota Cattle Women’s Association; the American Legion Auxiliary; and was a 4-H Club leader. Faith was a driving force in Agnes’s life; she was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, served as treasurer for her district LWML, and also hosted Bible studies in her home for many years. Agnes continued to operate the farm and ranch following Aaron’s death, until 2010 at which time she moved into the Oahe Villa. In 2012 Agnes entered the Avera Oahe Manor.
Agnes is survived by her two sons: Dennis (Mary) and Mick (Sandy), all of Gettysburg; two daughters: Judy (John) Mastel, Alexandria, MN, and Sherry (Ken) Swenson, Paradise Valley, AZ; 10 grandchildren: Jennifer (Chuck) Grote, Jeffrey (Sarah) Hagny, Brian (Jill) Mastel, Lisa (Ryan) Utecht, Erin (Tony) Anderson, Michael Hagny, Scott (Sarah) Swenson, David (Robin) Swenson, Greg (Andi) Swenson, and Elizabeth Swenson as well as 13 great-grandchildren.
Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron; her parents, Marinus and Helga (Pedersen) Iversen; and her nine siblings: Olga, Alfred, Anna Marie, Oscar, Harley, Arnold, Elmer, Clarence, and Anna Baldwin.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, 601 E. Logan Ave., Gettysburg, SD, 57442, or the American Legion Auxiliary, PO Box 11, Gettysburg, SD 57442.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Agnes’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)