Obituaries - Dec. 14, 2017

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Harry W. Hagen Jr.

Harry Hagen Jr., a member of St. Mark Parish in Shoreline, died December 2. He was 83.

Born in Anacortes, he lived the last 45 years in Lake Forest Park. He served as a captain in the Air Force.

He enjoyed reading, ski patrol, sailing, model trains and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary; daughters, Anne Wharton and Jennifer Donahue; brother, David Hagen; sister, Vdindavana Hagen; and five grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated December 12 at St. Mark Church.


Sister Damaris Zander, OSB

Sister Damaris Zander, OSB

Benedictine Sister Damaris (Monica Magdalen) Zander, a founding member of St. Placid Priory in Lacey, died November 28. She was 91.

Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, she joined St. Benedict’s Convent in St. Joseph, Minnesota, making her monastic profession on July 11, 1945; she was assigned to St. Raphael’s home in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

She served at Holy Rosary and Visitation convents in Tacoma as a cook and also made altar breads. In 1963 she attended a cooking school in Omaha, Nebraska, and became an expert cake decorator. In 1970 she entered a licensed practical nurse program and, in 1971, began her nursing ministry at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia. She also cared for the community’s older members. In 1986 she left St. Peter’s Hospital to care for the frail members of her community and to begin her work as procurator and maintenance supervisor.

At the priory, she was responsible for caring for the grounds and the interior, flower arranging and decorating, and extending hospitality as guests. She served on the Monastic Council, the Benedictine Development Corporation and the Advisory Board for the Priory Spirituality Center.

She enjoyed rooting for the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, and visits with her extended family. She was a founding member of The Priory Knitters and Spinners (now Priory Fiber Arts). As a gifted fiber artist, she crafted over 500 sheep, was part of the needle felting team, and knit or crocheted many prayer shawls and baby layettes. Her annual garage sale and “Christmas table” attracted people who otherwise rarely visited the monastery.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 18 siblings.

She is survived by a brother, Harry; a sister, Betty Leingang; and many loving nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. December 14.




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