Barbara Jo was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, friend. Barbara Jo Hagen lived life to its fullest and was a fashion icon with a special love of sparkles. She brightened the lives of everyone around her. Barbara was born November 8, 1936 in Hopkins, MN. Being the youngest of six you know what they say: “whatever the baby wants, the baby gets” and the daughter of Floy and M.B. “Punchy” Hagen, Mayor of Hopkins, Barbara always knew how to have fun. Anyone who knew her felt her energy and love. Her gift to her children was being an example of how to show up, continually bettering herself and encouraging her children and grandchildren to do the same.
Barbara had real grit; she very rarely gave up. As her license plate stated, “IM410S” she loved tennis. She was fiercely competitive and hated to lose. But then, there was always another match, and revenge was sweet! Just ask her many opponents, often half her age, that fell victim to her on the court. Barbara passed away peacefully at home on June 13. She is survived by her oldest brother, Richard Hagen; her children: Diana Neal, Gregory (Tracy Schaffzin) Odland, Lynn (John) Waldron, Amy (John) Klaers; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.