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Geraldine Marie Strasser Hagadorn March 3, 1929 - Sept. 23, 2016


October 25, 2016

Our beloved Geraldine (Jerry) Marie Strasser Hagadorn passed away at home Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

She was born March 3, 1929 in Lindsay, Calif. to Albert Stalkup and Ola Shulenberger Stalkup. She was one of five siblings.

She lived in California until 1972, when she moved to Sweet Home, Ore.

When her first husband, Al Strasser, passed away in 1989, she moved back to Ojai, Calif. After the passing of her second husband, Raymond Hagadorn, she moved to Hamilton, Mont. and had recently moved back to Sweet Home, in 2013.

Jerry was a wonderful homemaker, seamstress, and canning expert and had won many awards for her entries in the fair. She loved to travel, took two cruises, and was very fond of the Alcan Highway.

She was also very active in various groups and was president of the Elkettes in the 1980s and was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Sweet Home.

She volunteered for various nonprofits and was a board member for the Commod in Hamilton, Mont. for several years, a thrift store that helps people in need pay their utlitiy bills.

Mrs. Hagadorn was responsible for the slogan “Sweet Home, Oregon, at its best” as seen on the sign entering into town. She won a contest and her slogan was chosen.

She was a very kindhearted and peaceful person to be around. Her calm nature and soft voice was soothing to all who knew her.

She was a very sharp and witty woman and always had a positive and welcoming presence.

She was known as “Oma” to her grandchildren and she loved her family and friends more than anything.

Jerry is survived by her sisters, Ella Winkler and Joan White; her brothers Al “Bud” Stalkup, Fred Stalkup and Dennis Dukes; daughters, Cristie Strasser and Gail Beaver; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, with a third expected Nov. 26.

She was preceded in death by her two sons, Kenneth and James Strasser; and her two husbands, Al Strasser and Raymond Hagadorn.

A private memorial service will be held Thanksgiving Day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW ladies auxillary in Sweet Home.


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