Wooster — Amelia J. Hagen, age 87, of Wooster, Ohio, died Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster, following a short period of declining health.
Amelia was born in Lecompton, Kansas, to the late Gus and Ethel (Wilson) Hartman She married the love of her life, her high-school sweetheart, the late Scott D. Hagen. While their time together was far too brief, they provided a wonderful example of a loving partnership.
Few found careers more perfectly suited to themselves than Amelia. She began teaching in a one-room school house in central Kansas-all 8 grades!. Following a move to Ohio, she taught in the Stow/Monroe Falls City Schools. She found her niche in the Kindergarten classroom and devotedly engaged young minds to learning for more than 30 years, retiring from Wooster City Schools.
She was involved in numerous civic and social clubs, including: The Travelers Club, Friends of the Wayne County Library, Ohio Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, The Woman’s Investment Club, Red Hats and the Colony Club. She delighted in playing bridge games and in tournaments, hosting friends on her front porch for conversations while partaking of a small glass of wine, and until recently, relished brunch/lunch dates with long-time friends Amelia had an adventurous and independent streak, she’d drive solo to Kansas to see family/friends, she ventured to New Zealand and South Africa. She enjoyed trips to all 50 states, plus much of Europe. Her most memorable trips were with her granddaughters.
Family time was important to her, whether lobster boils or simple soup dinners, these gatherings were a time for laughter. The family also shared adventures in camping, museum/historical site visits, silently singing along at musicals in Wooster/Cleveland/New York/Toronto, or loudly singing to the radio/CD’s during car trips and discussing local sports scores.
These times will be fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by, son, Dr. Mark Hagen, DVM, brothers, Marvin and Dr. Clifford Hartman.
Surviving are two children, Martha (Gary) McGuire and Steven Hagen; three granddaughters, Dr. Kailee Hagen, Taylor
Hagen, Esq., and Savannah Hagen; sister-in-laws, Harriet Hartman,Sue Reed and Amal Hagen. And nephews Dr. Richard Hartman, David Hartman and nieces Lisa Smith, Lynn Anderson, Gail Heimbach, and Sharon Harris. Her family and numerous friends will miss her generous spirit, ever-present smile and sparkling laughter.
There will be no services at this time and cremation will take place. Provided Covid wains, a celebration service will be planned for later this year In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to, the Wayne County Public Library, 304 North Market Street, Wooster, OH 44691 wcpl.org (digital or children’s books), Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691 www.lifecarehospice.org or to the Scott D. & Amelia J. Hagen Scholarship program at The University of Akron/Wayne College at www.uakron.edu/give Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.