Ethel Boger Haase, 101

Published 8:36 am Friday, January 25, 2019

Ethel Boger Haase, 101, died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Stockton, California, where she lived for eight years.

Born in Canajoharie, New York, Ethel was six years old when her mother returned to Spring Valley, Minnesota, with her children.

Ethel graduated from high school in 1934 as the class valedictorian. In 1935, she married Stanley C. Haase. They made their home in Austin, Minnesota, and raised two daughters. A dedicated homemaker, Ethel loved to cook, garden, sew and knit. She was always reading. Golf was her passion. She played constantly with friends, both on teams and in tournaments. As proof of her skill, she had a hole- in-one trophy. Ethel was also a competitive league bowler for many years. Bridge was her game. She, Stan and dear friends, Mel and Phylis Sando, had a card game going throughout their 60 plus year friendship.

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Ethel worked in sales before pursuing a successful career as a reporter at the Austin Daily Heard newspaper. She supported the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Riverland Community College Theater, was an active Collector’s Club recording secretary and sang in the church choir. While attending art classes, Ethel became an amateur potter.

A lifetime goal was achieved when, at the age of 73, Ethel earned a degree, graduating with high distinction from the Austin Community College on May 27,1988.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; four sisters; and many relatives and friends. Ethel is survived by her daughter, Karen Haase Avaloz and her husband, Faustino, in St. Paul, Minnesota; daughter, Jane Haase Armstrong Bostwick and her husband, Maynard, in Stockton, California; two grandsons in St. Paul and four grandchildren in Stockton; nine great-grandchildren in Stockton; one great-great-grandchild in Europe; and nieces and nephew from her extended family that were special to her, Sue Beckel Sathre, Madelyn Thompson Betcher and James Stephen Farnsworth.

The burial will take place later this year at the Spring Valley, Minnesota, cemetery. Ethel will be home again, buried next to her husband.