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June 15, 1920-April 7, 2011

Anna E. Haugen, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died April 7, 2011 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

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Anna Erna Haugen was born to Karl and Erna Nessman Hahn on June 15, 1920 in Thalheim, Germany. At the age of 5 she moved to America with her family. They settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anna left school at the age of 16 to work at a hosiery mill, and later as a payroll clerk and bookkeeper. She then attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Anna accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and her life changed. Jesus became not only her Lord and Savior but also her best friend. At Bible Camp in 1955 she met Lester Haugen of Detroit Lakes. On November 10, 1956 they were united in marriage in Philadelphia. They made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Anna worked in various jobs over the years.

Anna served on the planning committee for Becker County's first food pantry. Church was a main focus in Anna's life. She was very active at both First Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Church.

Anna and Lester were never blessed with children of their own, but they were foster parents to 40 children in 18 years. In 1972 they were the first foster parents in Detroit Lakes to receive the Minnesota Foster Parents of the Year Award.

Anna and Lester were married 51 years.

Surviving Anna are her brother-in-law, Alfred Weiss of Lancaster, Pa.; three sisters-in-law, Harriet Hahn of Detroit Lakes, Florence Gilbertson, of Detroit Lakes and Viola Hahn, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband Lester (Sept. 9, 2008); parents; two brothers, Charles and Alfred Hahn; and one sister, Elsie Weiss.

Visitation is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and prayer services at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 in Faith Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Audubon.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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