Born in Hallstead, Kansas on February 25th, 1942

Departed on October 9th, 2019 and resided in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

    Doris Marie Hagen passed away Wednesday October 9, 2019. She was born in Hallstead, Kansas a small farm town of 1300 people where everyone knew everyone. She was the first in her family to go to college and graduated from Kansas State University. She moved east and spent the next 30 years raising a family and winning awards as a teacher at Somerville Elementary School in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  She was always stretching the limits, earning her Masters Degree as a young mother, learning the latest education techniques throughout her career, and bringing them back to the classroom and other teachers.  After retiring in Denver, she continued to “give back” with her involvement in Stephen’s Ministry and P.E.O., and she returned to her Methodist faith.


    All her life, she was always learning and looking for ways to contribute and give to others, building many special lifelong friendships. Even as Parkinson’s disease began taking its toll, she was thrilled to help raise money for research when two of her watercolors were selected for an auction.  She leaves two daughters Kelly and Beth, and four grandchildren. Her husband Steve and two sisters Judy and Helen predeceased her. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Special Olympics.

    Guestbook Entries

    Kerri Fernandez

    Aunt Doris
    So full of laughter, wisdom and a wonderful listener. You will be missed by all that knew you. You raised two wonderful girls to be smart, happy and strong women. I can’t help but be comforted by the fact that Steve has his arms open for you. 
    I have beautiful memories of you both, and tonight in your honor I will have a glass or two of lemon cello! 
    Love you 

    October 10th, 2019 at 7:54pm
    Jamie Figenbaum

    It was my pleasure to work with Doris at Somerville for many years. She was a thoughtful, bright, and creative colleague. We retired the same year. I’ve thought of her often since that time. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your lovely mother.

    October 10th, 2019 at 10:43pm
    Mel and Karen Ollestad

    We are longtime friends of Doris and Steve, meeting them when they started off their careers in the Hartford, Ct. area. We visited them in Columbiia MD, Ridgewood, NJ, and Colorado over the years. Our families vacationed together in Caoe Cod. And always there was fun and laughter, and sometimes music from Steve’s guitar, and an occasional glass of wine or whatever. We watched them raise two accomplished and fun loving daughters who gave them so much happiness. While Doris was a very professional educator, she also could do fun and silly things. Whenever she came to our house she went straight to a cabinet where she knew we kept chocolates. Doris loved chocolates. We loved Doris.

    October 11th, 2019 at 9:56am
    Caroline Janover

    As a fellow Ridgewood teacher, Claremont Road neighbor and dear friend, Doris and I shared a great deal of laughter (and a few tears) over the years. I loved watching Kelly and Beth grow into strong women, just like their mother. I’m sure Jamie and Michael join me in sending love and sympathy to all the Hagen Family. Doris will live on in our hearts for years and years to come!

    October 11th, 2019 at 3:28pm
    Sally Turk

    Doris was a gem. She and I met for lunch regularly until we moved back East. Doris welcomed me like no one else when we first moved to CO from the east coast. She said  “ I know what you’re going through and you’re going to have lunch with me next week to talk about it” we were friends ever since. My husband Steve and I loved our many times with Steve and Doris.
    We send love and sympathy 
    Sally and Steve Turk

    October 16th, 2019 at 2:06pm
    Peggy Meegan

    So sorry to read this…Frank and I had many lively discussions and shared much laughter over dinner with Doris and Steve,- great, generous people.  Love and condolences to Kelly, Beth and their families.

    October 30th, 2019 at 1:53pm
    Carol Tyson

    Remember fondly serving with Doris in one of the many ministries at St. Andrew UMC Church in Highlands Ranch. She was always so positive, upbeat, and wise. Doris was a generous and giving soul. I will greatly miss her. My prayers for comfort and peace to her family.

    November 21st, 2019 at 9:18am

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