Mavis Katherine (Johnson) Haugen was born on March 25, 1922, in Christiania Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, to Gustav and Hannah (Eidem) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Mavis attended rural elementary schools in the Bergen and Windom area and graduated from Windom High School in 1941.
On March 27, 1943, Mavis was united in marriage to Leonard Haugen at her parent's home near Bergen. They lived in the Windom and Jeffers area before moving in 1961 to Comfrey, where they farmed for many years and retired in the Comfrey area. During her marriage, Mavis worked as a corn detassling supervisor and census taker. Leonard and Mavis celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2008 while living at the Maples in Springfield.
Mavis was active in the Bethany Lutheran Church Cradle Roll and Ladies Aid, as well as the Jeffers Methodist Church Ladies Aid and Sunday school. She was a hard working farm wife who spent many hours cooking and working along side Leonard.
Mavis passed away on Friday evening, January 2, 2009, at the Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato at the age of 86.
Mavis' greatest love was her husband Leonard of Springfield, along with her children, Gerald (Barbara) Haugen of Comfrey, Ramona (James) Way of McHenry, IL, Sharon (Thomas) Goltz of Maple Grove, Leland (Ilene) Haugen of Comfrey, and Marsha Therkilsen of Otsego. Mavis cherished her 14 grandchildren: Angela Goblirsch, Debra Haugen, Krista Raberge, Scott Way, Kevin Way, Heather Rothenberger, Michael Goltz, Amy Goltz-Sivertsen, Darren Haugen, Raquel Haugen, Brandon Haugen, Jaime Haugen, Eric Therkilsen and Tara Therkilsen, and found such delight in her 11 great-grandchildren: Peter and Lydia Goblirsch, Lauren and Colin Raberge, Lydia, Thomas and Charlie Rothenberger, Breanna and Anthony Goltz, Dylan Haugen and Caiden Cooper. She also leaves her sister, Harriet Krueger, as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert J. Johnson.
Brad Siefkes, Friend of the Family wrote on Jan 6, 2009:
"My mother, Adonna Evers, emailed me to let me know of your mother's passing. I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to each of you. I have fond memories of your mother and family while growing up in rural MN. The last time I saw her was in Seattle when your parents stopped in to see a relative of yours. He worked for the post office there and we worked in the same building. She had the same smile I always remembered. And now, she is remembered even here from Hawai`i. My sincerest sympathy and warmest aloha to each of you."
Mike, Tom & Nathan housemates of Brandon Haugen wrote on Jan 6, 2009:
"Brandon and family, We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike, Tom, Nathan and staff at CLA 869"
dale & amy schlottman wrote on Jan 5, 2009:
"You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry we were not able to make it to visitation..Dale came home from work today and is not feeling to good. With deepest sympathy.. Dale, Amy, Michael & Karissa Schlottman"