Gloucester County Times
Woodbury, New Jersey
October 27, 2010
OBITUARY ~ IRENE LOUISE (BENTON) HAWTHORNE HAGERMAN
Irene Louise HAGERMAN (nee BENTON), age 99 died on October 26, 2010. Predeceased by her husband, Dudley HAGERMAN, she
will be sadly missed by daughters Beverly SCHULTZ and Ruth van VEENENDAAL of Pitman, son Philip HAWTHORNE of Ft. Collins,
CO; step-daughters Jeanne HAGERMAN of Spotsylvania, VA and Barbara FITZPATRICK of Citrus Heights, CA; brother Robert
BENTON of El Paso, TX, sister Margie EBINGER of Cedar Rapids, IA, 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Irene was born in Redding, IA and lived much of her early life in St. Joseph, MO. After college in Missouri, marrying
Wendell HAWTHORNE, and attending Cornell in Ithica, NY, she lived in Kansas before moving in 1944 to Wenonah.
a loving homemaker who was active in the Methodist Church, singing in the choir. Music was always an important part of
her life. She was a very proficient seamstress, often making clothing for the family.
After her marriage of 35 years to
Dr. HAWTHORNE ended, she moved to Southold, Long Island where she married Dudley HAGERMAN in 1965.
She became active in
Southold Methodist Church. She enjoyed helping out with the church thrift shop, open two days per week.
She also helped out at a fabric shop where she often helped customers figure out how to follow patterns and crochet
or do needlework. She did a lot of needlework and crewel work and then turned to counted-cross-stitch. She was an avid
crossword puzzler and also enjoyed complex puzzles and reading.
After 20 years of happy marriage, Dudley died in 1985.
She continued actively working in her church, enjoying visits from family and friends. In 2005 she moved to the Pitman
Manor, where she continued to read many books and do crossword puzzles. She continued to enjoy visits from family and
Memorial services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Southold, NY.
Memories may be shared at www.kelleyfhpitman.com.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2011
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