Jane Helen Hagen
November 7, 1940- October 1, 2021
Jane Helen Hagen, age 80, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Oct 1, 2021. Our mother was born & raised in Bellingham, WA. She attended Western Washington University before working as a medical assistant to local general practitioners. Shortly thereafter, she married Jim Hagen, also of Bellingham, and they remained together for 32 years until his passing in 1992.
In her time as a parent, our mother regularly taught us life realties & lessons so as to prepare us for adult life. She taught us about religion: “You better pray that stain comes out of the chair.” She practiced pride of workmanship: “I just finished cleaning, so if you’re going to kill yourselves you better do it outside.” She was ironic: “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.” And she was logical: “Fall off that swing and break your neck and you won’t be going to the movies with the rest of us.”
After many years as a Marlton resident in Upper Marlboro, MD with her husband, Jane relocated in 1999 to North Beach. As an empty-nester, she was a long-time member of the NB town council, NB House & Garden Club, Red Hat Society, Maryland Municipal League, and Trinity Episcopal Church. Our mother was also proud to be part of the extended Navy family.
She is survived by her four children John Hagen, Julie Mitchell, Jay Hagen, and Jennifer Schwartz. She is also survived by her brother Bob Martin and her grandson Jakob Schwartz.
Burial with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery will be on a TBD date in Nov, as Arlington scheduling permits.