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Darla Hagen, age 84, of Sheyenne, ND, died Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Sanford Health, Bismarck, ND.

Darla was born March 27, 1938 at the “Schafer House” which at that time was the hospital in Maddock, ND. She is the daughter of Elmer and Gladys (Mattson) Guskjolen; she was raised on the family farm in Arne Township, Benson County. Darla spent her first eight years going to Arne Country School, which was a two-room school, rural Maddock. She was Baptized in the Fairview Lutheran Church, rural Maddock, confirmed at Maddock North Viking Lutheran Church. During her high school years, she worked as a CNA in the Maddock Memorial Hospital and later at the State Hospital in Jamestown; she became the charge Nurse when they opened the new addition in 1956. Darla continued her education and graduated from Benson County Agriculture and Training School at Maddock on June 1, 1956.

On December 16, 1956, Darla was united in marriage to Virgil Hagen at Fairview Lutheran Church. They lived on a farm west of Sheyenne, where they were blessed with six children that grew up on the family farm. After twenty-seven years of being out of school Darla took a satellite Nursing Course out of Wahpeton, ND, (State School of Science) and graduated with a degree in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Darla worked for several years at the Lutheran Home of The Good Shepherd in New Rockford and four years at The Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Devils Lake. She also cared for others in their homes in the area as an in-home care program.

Darla volunteered her time to many programs throughout the years, she was the President, Vice President and Secretary for the Eden Church Women, President of PTA at Sheyenne School, she belonged to Sons of Norway, she was on the Wells County Farmers Union Board for several years. She was also Secretary and Treasurer for the Fairview Cemetery Board. Darla taught Sunday School from 1964 until 1982, therefore she taught all of her children in Sunday School. She also taught Bible School for many years.

Darla loved her flowers, she could often be found during the summer in her beautiful yard and the gardens she grew. She enjoyed canning and baking everything from scratch that she produced.

She loved spending time with her children as they grew up and had children of their own. Spending time with her grandchildren was a highlight throughout the years and as they too grew up and had children of their own, marveling the time spent with her great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews and family friends were cherished as part of her own family. She loved all of those who she knew and they all loved her.

Darla is survived by two sons, Randy (Henrietta), Hutchinson, MN, Dean, Maddock, ND; three daughters, Charlotte (Douglas) Rupp, Crystal, MN, Nancy Hagen (Jeff), Harvey, ND, Cindy Schuster (Eric), Carrington, ND; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Janice (Herb) Hill, Appleton, WI and a brother, Larry (Nimfa) Guskjolen, Willcox, AZ, a brother-in-law, Delmer, Cathay, ND; a sister-in-law, Diane (Ed) Bratvold, Inver Grove Heights, MN; and two special family members, LaVonne Anderson and LaVerne Erickson, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; a son, Craig; her parents; two grandchildren, Lauren Hagen and Andrew Martinez.

Darla’s Visitation will be Thursday 1:00-7:00PM with family present from 5:00-7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11:00AM at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND.

Her Burial will be at the Eden Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND in the spring.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry to hear this, I always enjoyed working with her at LHGS. She loved her family so much.

  2. Always kind and caring! May she rest in peace

  3. I am so sorry to hear that Grandma passed away.
    My heart hurts for all of you.
    I remember the 1st time I had the pleasure to meet Grandma & PaPa. I was so excited. I listened to the stories about them for years prior from Noreen.
    You could tell then that they both had a special place in their heart for Nor. Let me tell you, the feeling is mutual.
    The values, morals, & ethics that you passed down to so many of your loved ones will continue your legacy forever!
    Thank you for having a hand in making “my person” the wonderful person she is.
    May you rest in peace Grandma!

  4. So sorry to hear of Darlas passing . Sympathies sent to all her family and friends. She will be missed by many .

  5. Thinking of Darla’s family as she moves onto her next life. Darla was one
    of the ladies that was in my Mom’s (Vivian Whetham) LPN graduating class
    May you Rest in Peace!

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with Darla’s family during this emotional time – Rest in Peace, Darla!

  7. Nancy and families – so sorry to hear of Darla’s passing, she was always so kind and thoughtful. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  8. I remember Darla and Virgil very well. Virgil hauled many loads of grain from the elevator to our farm when I was growing up to feed the turkeys that we raised. I have warm memories of both of them. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.

  9. My sincere sympathies to the family of Darla. I have known Darla for many years through Farmers Union. She was a kind caring person with a wonderful smile.

  10. Sally Helmstetler Simonsen, daughter of Agnes Madsen still living in Eventide assistant living Jamestown ND. She is 93 and would love to come, but weather is the problem. She would love to visit with the family if possible. Our prayers to all.

  11. Darla took loving care of my Mom for a year. God bless her for all she did for her and for others

  12. Very sorry to hear about your loss it’s been a long time, but I do remember. Very nice lady when I was going to school in Sheyenne.

  13. So sorry to hear of Darla’s passing. She was a friend to my mother, Shirley Manley, many years ago. We visited with her a few years ago in Carrington. My deepest sympathy!

  14. My sincere sympathy to Darla’s family. Darla and I grew up close to one another as we attended Arne School and were best friends at Arne. We have stayed in touch throughout the years. I did go with her on a Farmers Union Mystery trip a few years ago and am so glad we had this time together. I know she will be greatly missed by her loving family. She was always so kind and talked so much about her family and her joy of spending time with them. She is now at peace.

  15. So sorry on the loss of Darla. She has been a friend since HIGH

  16. prayers to the family during this difficult time. Cherish the memories. May the Lord be with you.


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