Eliza I. Haag, 98

Eliza Ida (Mahlstedt) Haag, age 98, of Howard Lake, was called to her eternal rest Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

She was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Albion Township, Wright County, the daughter of Henry and Irene (Zander) Mahlstedt. Eliza was baptized Jan. 15, 1922, at Bethlehem Evangelical Church in Maple Lake; and confirmed there Aug. 25, 1935.

Eliza was united in marriage to Ervin Haag Nov. 14, 1941, at Bethlehem Evangelical Church in Maple Lake. Their union was blessed with four daughters.

The couple farmed and made their home in the countryside of Howard Lake. Eliza was a homemaker, and later, began working with relatives in doing interior painting and varnishing.

She joined St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, where she served on the church Altar Guild and helped with quilting, and assembly of the church newsletter.

She also enjoyed flower gardening in her spare time.

Eliza became a resident of Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake Sept. 13, 2017, where she resided until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; her parents; siblings; grandson, Ricky Schmieg; and sons-in-law, Melvin Buttenhoff and Will Massingham.

Eliza is survived by her daughters, Beatrice Buttenhoff of Howard Lake, Evelyn (Dale) Schmieg of Howard Lake, Ruth Massingham of Litchfield, and Karen (Merlyn) Schmieg of Howard Lake; 11 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

A funeral service took place Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating. Nancy Butterfass will be the organist; and Dr. Deb Peterson of Litchfield will be the soloist. Interment will be at Howard Lake Cemetery.

The casket bearers were Daryl Buttenhoff, Grant Bowman, Mike Massingham, Brian Massingham, Jason Schmieg, and Dan Schmieg

There was visitation Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake; with prayer at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.swansonpeterson.com.

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