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Sadie C Hagness

Sadie C Hagness

Sadie Cleo (Paulson) Hagness passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 after 98 years of living an incredibly full and happy life.

Sadie was born to Arthur Emil and Palma Christine (Peterson) Paulson on May 15, 1923 in the town of Gilmanton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin. Sadie attended school in Gilmanton through 8th grade.  She would have loved to have attended high school and had dreams of becoming a teacher someday.  However, since there was no way for her to get to town, she found employment caring for others, first, as a babysitter and, later, working in a hospital.  She married the love of her life, Bert Hagness, on November 18, 1945 at Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi. They started their life together in Mondovi where they welcomed their 3 wonderful children before moving to Durand in 1958.

Sadie’s greatest joy was always her family and friends. She loved and was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She felt blessed to be their Grandma. She, in turn, has been a blessing to hundreds of people.  She touched everyone she met with her heart of gold and of course her cookies! She was a faith-filled woman of God, always putting others’ needs and feelings first. She was a role model of what compassion, understanding, and love should look like.

When Sadie became your friend, she was a friend for life. She enjoyed meeting new people, playing cards, baking cookies (known as the ‘cookie lady’), quilting, knitting, making krumkake and lefse, and wintering in Arizona. She was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Durand and remained active and dedicated from that point on. She volunteered at the nursing home in Durand for over 30 years.  She was the first Welcome Wagon Lady in Durand. She was an active member of the Durand Women’s Club for over 50 years. She spent the last 6 years of her life happily cared for and loved by The Home Place staff. She often said what a perfect place it was for her. Her positivity never failed. Heartland Hospice provided additional loving care for the last 3 years.

Sadie is loved and will be greatly missed by her family, including her sons, Larry (Vicki) Hagness of Durand and Rick (Sandy) Hagness of Durand; daughter, Jan (Casey) McChesney of Phoenix; her beloved grandchildren, Kyle, Luke, Cole, Ryan, Jake, Ted, and Samantha; great-grandchildren, Ainsley, Kendall, Alex, Noah, Landon, Lilly, Lanny, Lucy, Dylan, Leah, and Macy; her sister, Carol (Robert) Wulff; and many nieces and nephews. Sadie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Bert Hagness; and her brother, Jerry Paulson.

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church in Durand with Rev. Bethany Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Forrest Hill Cemetery in Durand. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials are preferred in Sadie’s name to Faith Lutheran Church.

“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” She is truly a treasure that will never be forgotten.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Sadie. Sympathy to the family during this ???? difficult time. She was a very special person and I will miss her.

  2. Crystal Dow

    I'm so sorry about the loss of a very special mother, friend and a very memorial lady...she's one lady that I met when I came to the Durand golf club In 1988...30 plus years of friendship and good times over the years! I will miss Sadie,as well as many many others. Love to the family from Crystal Dow


    Sadie was a beautiful lady inside and out. It was always a joy to visit with her. She will be missed by many. Our sympathies to all of her family.

    Sincerely, Dave and Kris Polzer

  4. Mary Kauffman

    Life will not be the same without Sadie, but I know my life has been enriched because I have known Sadie and been friends with her. She was a phenomenal woman. I will miss our visits at The Homeplace and our many phone conversations. Love and heartfelt sympathy to Sadie's family. Mary Kauffman

  5. Karen Sundstrom

    Thinking of you with sincere sympathy. Sadie was truly a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

  6. Pat Trainor

    My deepest sympathy, she was a beautiful, loving, kind, caring lady. My prayers are with you all.

  7. Jane Grippen Jafferi

    Sadie was a friend to everyone she met.
    She was also a giant in her love for JESUS, and she shared Him with everyone around her! Whenever I visited her at the Homeplace, we shared stories about our faith and our Norwegian backgrounds.
    She was a great lady and will be missed by many. My prayers and sympathy go out to all of her loved ones; yet we know that while she is absent from our midst, she is at home with the Savior she served so well.

  8. Dick and Doshie Grey

    Larry, Vicki, Rick, Sandy and Families. Our Sympathy to you all on the death of a wonderful Lady. A life well lived. When I lived in Durand, every contact I had with Sadie was a enjoyable one. She was so kind to all young and all, and leaves a beautiful legacy her family. Enjoy and cherish the memories.

  9. Barb Gibson

    Sympathy and Prayers for Sadie and family.

  10. Betty Bergmark

    Sadie brought so much joy into the world. As neighbor to my parents I got to know Sadie as a dear friend. My folks were able to enjoy retirement so much more by joining Sadie and Bert in meals and card games. The world would be a better place if it was full of wonderful giving people like Sadie.

  11. Jenny Tulip

    We are thinking of all of you - Sadie was a beautiful lady! She will be missed but so many great memories. Our prayers are with Sadie and her family.

  12. Jean Askov

    My sympathies to all of Sadies family. Oh how I will miss her, our 50 yrs or so have been such a Blessing and there wasn't one thing we couldn't talk about, phone conversations were weekly or oftener.Peace to all.


  13. Tom and Mary Jean Schiefelbein

    To Larry, Vicki, Rick, Sandy, Jan, Casey and families: Tom and I want to extend our condolences to all of you. Sadie was a wonderful, caring person..Her chocolate chip cookies were always so good..She will be missed and always remembered….Mary Jean & Tom

  14. Diane Longsdorf

    So very sorry for your loss. Sadie was always kind and gracious.

  15. Marcia Bauer

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  16. Vicci Hutter Rosenberg

    So sorry for your loss of a special lady!!

  17. Diane Weber

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sadie was a very sweet lady and will be missed by many.
    Sending love and hugs,

  18. Dennis sievwright

    Sadie was a bright light in our busy life her memory will not soon be forgotten we send our condolences to the whole family

  19. Ken and Jan Kartman

    Our thoughts are with all of you. We never spent one moment with Sadie that we didn't enjoy and cherish. She was truly a friend. We will miss her positive spirit and will forever be uplifted by our memories of her.

  20. John and judy parr

    Hug’s and prayers to all


    Condolences to the Hagness family. Sending thoughts and prayers.

  22. Diane Mack

    Sincere condolences to you all. I remember Sadie being in the Women's Club with my mom, and being the Welcome Wagon Lady!! Forgot about that until the obit. She was a very wonderful lady, and happy that you all have so many great memories to hold in your hearts. Love to all, The Mack Family

  23. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sympathy to all.

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