Ruth S. Hagen, 94, beloved and cherished mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully at the Meadowbrook Nursing Home March 2, 2014.
She was born Ruth Hazel Savage, the daughter of John and Hazel Savage, May 15, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Rochester Business School in 1939.
In 1941, she married William Henry Hagen (who died in 1998), with whom she had four children: Ruth Hagen Mowry (David) of Plattsburgh, N.Y., William Hagen Jr. (Kathleen McCartney) of Northampton, Mass., James Hagen (Suzanne) of Temple, Texas and Peter Hagen (Bonnie Savage) of Fulton, N.Y.
She served as a member of the Fulton and Mexico PTAs. In Mexico, where she raised her family, she was an active member of the Methodist Church.
She owned and operated the Mexico 5&10 where she daily greeted her many friends in the community. She also served as a member the Village Board.
She held various professional positions. She retired as secretary to the school psychology department at SUNY Oswego in 1978 and was a member of CSEA.
She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She will be remembered as someone quick to extend a helping hand, a warm hug, and an engaging conversation.
For the past seven years, she was a resident of the Vilas Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
In addition to her children, she is survived by three brothers, Jack Savage (Vera) of Clearwater, Fla., David (Dorothy) of Leesburg, Fla. and Tom (Evelyn) of Mexico, N.Y.; grandchildren: Melissa Mowry, Pres Hagen, Sam Hagen, Susan Hagen, Sarah Hagen, Kaitlin Strovink, Kim Strovink, Amanda Adamay and Sadie Adamay; and five great grandchildren: Helen Hale-Mowry, Alex Hale-Mowry, Henry Eminger, Penny Eminger and Scarlet Sansone.
A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in Mexico at a date to be announced. Donations in her memory may be made to the Vilas Home, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court St., Plattsburgh.
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