Millie Haag


Mildred Ann “Millie” Haag, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2021 at North Woods Village in Kalamazoo, MI. She was 86 years old.

Millie was born on June 25, 1935, in La Motte, IA. Daughter of Clement and Priscilla (Schiltz) Heiar, she grew up on the family farm north of Bancroft, Iowa. After graduating from Bancroft St. John’s Catholic High School in 1953, Millie continued her education at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA. She was united in marriage to Dr. Arthur N. Haag at St. John’s Catholic Church on August 12, 1959. Millie worked as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital and the VA Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Following Art’s graduation from the University of Iowa Dental School, she and Art moved to Battle Creek, MI where she worked at the VA Medical Center. They relocated to Ottumwa, Iowa where Art started his dental practice and Millie devoted her life to raising their family.

Millie enjoyed tending to the flowers and was well-known for her baking — especially her chocolate cream pies and peanut butter cookies, to which she would lovingly add the initials of grandkids’ names before baking. She enjoyed many years of bowling and golfing with her friends and family and was very proud of her hole-in-one! Millie was a member and active participant of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was also very active in the Ottumwa Women’s Club while serving many years as the President and Historian. Millie especially enjoyed ballroom dancing with Art, and she always looked forward to making trips to Graham’s Dairy Freez and Canteen Lunch in the Alley when family came in town to visit.

Millie is survived by her 5 children and 14 grandchildren: Diane Haag of Verona, WI, and her children Stephanie, Christian and Matthew; John (Suzanne) Haag of Naperville, IL, and their children Kaelan and Lindsey; Allan (Maia) Haag of Deephaven, MN, and their children Austin, Griffin and Logan; Janice (Daryl) Rober of Asbury, IA, and their children Nicholas, Alaina, and Emily; and Julie (Wayne) Harpenau of Portage, MI, and their children Nathan, Mitchell and Katherine. Surviving in-laws are Pearl (Haag) Irmiter, Vernon Haag, Mary Ann (Haag) Reilly, Rita (Haag) Schmalen, Frank and Margaret Haag, and Lyle Haag.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Arthur, her parents Clem and Priscilla, her sister Theresa (Mike) Leners, and her in-laws: Claude and Bernice Haag, Bill and Colette (Haag) Schneider, Dr. Willard Irmiter, Fred and Ruth (Haag) Arcand, Sister Blanche Marie Haag, OSF, Melbourne and Ann Haag, Ralph and Darlene (Haag) Cayler, Florence (Naylor) Haag, Harold and Isabelle (Haag) Hatten, Merlyn Haag, Bernard Reilly, Arthur Putze and Edward Schmalen.

A Rosary and Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 22nd at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa, IA followed by a time for friends to greet family until 8 p.m.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 23rd from 9:00 -10:30 am at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed live on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. [] Pallbearers will be Christian Fleming, Kaelan Haag, Austin Haag, Nicholas Rober, Nathan Harpenau and Loren Putze. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The family asks that memorials be directed to: Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa, IA 52501, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 222 N Ward St, Ottumwa, IA 52501 or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 7100 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

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