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Jean Maxine Haage: 1923-2017

Jean Haage
Jean Haage

OTTAWA — Jean Maxine Haage, age 94, passed away peacefully at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Ottawa, Illinois.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway St., Streator, Illinois. The Rev. Bill Callister will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family.

Jean’s life began Jan. 29, 1923, in Streator as the daughter of Clara and Alfred Crampton. She was so tiny that when born, she was placed in a shoe box.  She met the love of her life, Detective Donald Haage. Their love affair began at the Streator Roller Skating Rink. They were married on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1946. They had 44 years of a great marriage. Don passed away May 18, 1990.

Surviving are her two daughters, Cheri Haage, of Normal, and Nancy (Barry) Koppen, of Streator; two grandsons, Rod Kmetz, of Montgomery, Ill., and Robert (Tami Huftel) Koppen, of Ottawa, Ill.; one great grandson, Blaine Koppen, Ottawa, Ill., and one great-granddaughter, Tiffani Koppen, of Arizona, and several nieces and nephews, and a family friend that she treated like a grandson, Travis Ebbings. Jean was preceded in death by her brother, William Crampton, and a grandson, Brian Koppen in 2004.

Jean graduated from Streator High School. She worked in the office at the La Salle County Courthouse, Lipton Tea Company, Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company, and George’s Candy Store.

Jean loved time spent with her family. She was a constant source of fun, food, and life lessons for all of them. She showed courage being a policeman’s wife. She never stopped being a mom or grandmother. She was always available to hear stories, offer advice, go shopping, or find a recipe.  She was famous for her homemade chicken and noodles and chocolate brownies. Her favorite pass time was playing cards with her grandson. She also took great pride in growing her beautiful roses and mailing cards to her friends.

Her family is grateful for the care and support she received from the staff at Pleasant View Nursing Home the last two years and the friends who visited and sent cards. 

Instead of memorials, plant a pink rose bush in the spring in memory of Jean.

Solon-Telford Funeral Home
301 S. Park St., Streator, Illinois 61364

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