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Colleen Hagerman


Colleen Lillian Elizabeth Hagerman, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 2013, in Yachats, Ore., following a difficult, yet courageous struggle with kidney disease.
Colleen, more affectionately known as “Nan,” was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on Oct. 14, 1927, to Raymond T. and Musetta Drumm. In September 1944 she married Samuel “Rocky” Hagerman, who was stationed in New Zealand with the U.S. Navy, as was an increasingly common occurrence during World War II, Colleen became a “war bride.”
They moved to Stafford in 1949 where Nan quickly assimilated into the American cultural fabric. Colleen and Rocky enjoyed dancing, playing bridge, remaining active in American Legion, but most importantly, they enjoyed optimizing time with their emerging family. By 1952 Colleen and Rocky had three children, Raymond, Roger and Debbie. Colleen preferred a life centered on family.
Colleen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents and her much loved son-in-law John W. Schram.
She is survived by sons Raymond (Paula), Sheboygan, Wis., and Roger (Patti), Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter Debbie Schram, Yachats, Ore.; brother Ronnie (Judy) Drumm, Auckland, New Zealand; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be in the spring in Stafford. Specific date and time will follow.


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