Obituary for Vera Haugen

Vera Khoury Haugen was born November 17, 1936, in Nazareth, Palestine, to Nicolas and Margarita Khoury. Her father died when she was just a few weeks old. When war broke out in 1948, Vera’s mother led the family out of Palestine through Jordan, Lebanon, and Cuba to eventually settle in Flint, Michigan. Along with her three older brothers, Vera worked several jobs to help support her family. She earned her degree in elementary education at the University of Michigan and was a lifelong ardent fan of Michigan sports. Upon graduation in 1958, she moved to San Diego, California, to begin […]

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Vera Khoury Haugen was born November 17, 1936, in Nazareth, Palestine, to Nicolas and Margarita Khoury. Her father died when she was just a few weeks old. When war broke out in 1948, Vera’s mother led the family out of Palestine through Jordan, Lebanon, and Cuba to eventually settle in Flint, Michigan. Along with her three older brothers, Vera worked several jobs to help support her family. She earned her degree in elementary education at the University of Michigan and was a lifelong ardent fan of Michigan sports. Upon graduation in 1958, she moved to San Diego, California, to begin her career as an elementary school teacher. There, she met the love of her life, Al Haugen, and they married on April 1st, 1961. They eventually settled just outside of Northfield on Union Lake. Al and Vera became actively engaged in numerous social, civic, and youth sports organizations. Vera taught second graders at Longfellow Elementary School for many years, and many of her former students have sought her out over the years to recall the positive impact she had on them.

Vera loved travel and visited all seven continents over the course of her life. She enjoyed playing bridge competitively and socially. A huge sports fan, she avidly and loyally supported her Twins and her Vikings. Vera was an amazing cook, renowned for her Arabic feasts, usually prepared when entertaining large groups at her home. Most of all, she loved her family and cherished all time spent with her children and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her three children: Chris and his wife Kathy of Chesapeake, Virginia, Mark of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Leigh and her husband Bob of Grand Rapids, Michigan; seven grandchildren Matthew (fiancée Maxie), Mitchell (fiancée Katie), Marit, and Mason (Chris and Kathy); and Scott, Sara, and Eric (Leigh and Bob); her brothers Tawfiq and his wife Richel, Emile and his wife Pat, and Jamil — all from the San Diego, California, area; brother-in-law Vernon Haugen and his wife Betty of Woodstock, Georgia, and sister-in-law Bev Haugen of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nieces, nephews, extended family, and her friends. She is survived by her companion of the past decade, Bill Talen of Northfield, Minnesota. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law Sonny Khoury, brothers-in-law Harris and AJ Haugen, and her beloved husband of 42 years, Al Haugen.

On January 18, 2018, Vera passed away in her sleep due to complications from cancer at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Mark, Leigh, and grandson Scott were by her side.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. Urn bearer will be Scott Silkensen with the remaining grandchildren as honorary pall bearers. Interment of her ashes will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield. Visitation will be at her home at 823 Mayflower Ct., Northfield, on Friday February 16, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Vera pledged her time and talents to many organizations. The family suggests memorials to the Northfield Food Shelf, Christmas Sharing, the Community Action Center, or an organization special to you.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

February 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. John’s Lutheran Church
500 3rd St W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

February 16, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 8:00PM


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Burial

Burial: February 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Oaklawn Cemetery
1415 Wall Street Rd Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

7 Comments

  1. Andrea Meehan

    Vera was my 2nd grade teacher. I remember very vividly a time when she brought in caviar for the class to try and having a picnic on the floor of her classroom. She was a wonderful teacher and will be missed by many in Northfield.

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  2. Sally Reber

    Vera was a classy gal and a dear friend. Even after I moved I always felt our friendship continued. She always had a quick smile to greet you with .

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  3. Velva Lee Heraty

    Vera was a wonderful woman and a delightful traveling companion. Please accept my deepest condolences. I traveled with Vera and Al on the Aegean I 17 years ago.

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  4. John (Buff) Walter

    Vera my friend and the wife of my Naval Academy roommate Al. I was so pleased to be a part of their wedding in San Diego those many years ago. So many times when back in Wisconsin on leave with my family it was so special to slip over to Northfield and spend a day or two with them and be able to go downtown and have a brunch and meet their many long time friends. She will be missed by a myriad of friends the world over but never forgotten. To Chris, Mark, and Leigh Ann and your expanded families my sincere sympathy and condolence.

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  5. Evie Estenson

    Vera was an excellent bridge player and when she entertained, she made her guests feel very special. She was kind and generous and we will miss her. My sympathy to her very caring family.

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  6. Kris (Schroeder) Kotz

    Vera was my 2nd grade teacher and one of my favorite teachers of all time! I will never forget the end of the year trip when she brought us out to her house on the lake. As we were getting off of the bus, she told us that we couldn’t get wet (we were all soaking wet by the time we got back on the bus). We also got to drive the boat (with Al’s help)!! Such a wonderful lady, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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  7. Wayne Anderson

    I will always remember how special Vera made me feel.

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