Hattie Havemeier

NEW ULM – Hattie Havemeier, 90, of New Ulm and formerly of Courtland, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Courtland with Pastor Wayne Bernau officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of the service at church on Saturday.

To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.

Hattie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Violet and Jerry Plagge of Courtland; grandchildren, Ken Plagge and his special friend, Ivy Candelaria of Minnetonka, Steve and Jane Plagge of Apple Valley, Jerry Jr. and Ronette Plagge of Richfield, Pam and Josvani Isaac Quiala of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren, Tristen, Nicholas, Elliot, Lucia, Adeline, Greer and Luna; and by her brother, Melvin Baumgard of Vernon Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin Havemeier; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Erich Knaak, Charlotte and Marvin Lindquist.

Hattie Elsie Baumgard was born March 13, 1913 in Vernon Center to Charles and Martha (Poehler) Baumgard. She was united in marriage to Alvin Havemeier on Oct. 27, 1946 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Vernon Center. After marriage they farmed in rural Courtland until 1983. They continued to live on the farm until moving to Sunset Apartments in New Ulm in 1998 and where she lived until the present.

Hattie was a homemaker who enjoyed being at her home baking, cooking and canning. Often her nephews looked for Hattie’s dill pickles at family birthday parties. She was the first to volunteer to make brownies, raisin bars, chocolate marshmallow bars for family events.

Hattie and Alvin farmed together for 52 years. For about seven years Hattie worked at Tony Downs, leaving at 5 a.m. and returning around 7 p.m. This allowed Hattie and Alvin to make improvements to her home and property. Hattie also raised chickens, ducks and geese, and each fall regular customers purchased her dressed geese for the holidays. She took great pride in decorating and maintaining her home, no matter how modest it may have been.

Hattie and Alvin also spent lots of time with sisters, brothers, cousins and family playing cards, visiting and celebrating family birthdays through out their married life. It was important to Hattie to send greetings and well wishes to family members in a timely manner. Shortly before her passing she told the nurse, “Tomorrow is my niece’s birthday.”

From the time she first had to wash the family Model A in rural Vernon Center, Hattie always had to have her vehicles washed and polished. She was a fishing sidekick to her husband of 57 years, despite that she really never liked “sitting on that lake” all day long. She loved dancing polkas and always wished Violet would learn the polka hop. Hattie learned to play a concertina after her parents gave her one has a child. She purchased a new squeeze box and harmonicas after Alvin passed away and spent her time playing in her apartment. She played for others at different facilities and lately at the senior center dining site. She and Alvin played cards with others but most recently she enjoyed playing “31” with care givers and grandkids.

She had a special place in her heart for her LSS Senior Companions and MBW homemaker companions and Brown County Social worker who supported her for the last seven years. Their support facilitated Hattie in remaining independent in her own apartment and being active in the community. Hattie enjoyed her days living at Sunset Apartments and had many folks who befriended her when she needed help. People would say “what a neat lady Hattie is.”

Hattie was blessed to have a daughter and husband, four grandchildren and spouses who regularly visited her and enjoyed her music and lively character. She also was able to spend time with three step-great-grandchildren, Mason, Felix and Ysabel and seven great-grandchildren Tristen, Nick, Elliot, Lucia, Adeline, Greer and Luna, playing music for them, coloring and teaching them Six Five Four dice game. She was actively engaged in their lives remembering and caring for their wellbeing.

Hattie suddenly left her family, neighbors and caregivers peacefully on Tuesday evening Aug. 27, 2013. She was scheduled to move to an assisted home facility Sept 1, but the Lord called and Hattie answered with the words of one of her favorite hymns she played on the harmonica.

Just As I am without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me.

And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Blessed be her memory!


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