Carmen Beata (née Kapp) Hagan, 97, of Atlanta, Georgia, died on March 21, 2018, after a long illness. Mrs. Hagan was born on August 19, 1920, in Wurmlingen, Germany. Mrs. Hagan is survived by her children, William R. Hagan, and his wife, Kathleen, of Winchester, Virginia, and Michael K. Hagan, of Atlanta, Georgia; two grandchildren, William J. Hagan, and his wife, Marie-Cheryl Edouard-Hagan, of Portland, Oregon; Jennifer Odell Hagan-Rhodes and her husband, Timothy, of Owings Mills, Maryland; four great grandchildren; and by her brother, Winfried Kapp and family, of Wurmlingen, Germany; and other family, in the United States and Germany. Mrs. Hagan would no doubt be pleased at the inclusion here of the names of two women who “adopted” her as a mother, and whom she loved and treated as daughters: Rebecca Westerfield and family of San Francisco, California, and Theresa Westerfield, of Reddington Beach, Florida. Mrs. Hagan was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Hagan; her parents, Josef and Berta (née Mang) Kapp; by her brothers, Josef and Gustav; and her sisters, Anna, Ruth, and Doris. She married William H. Hagan, of Whitesville, Kentucky, on October 1, 1946, while he was with the United States Constabulary in Wuerzburg in then-Occupied Germany. Mrs. Hagan had been a physical therapist during the war, and was pursuing a medical degree at its end. She immigrated to the United States and proudly became a U.S. citizen. Mrs. Hagan always loved children and books, and was a librarian for many years in Owensboro, Kentucky, before retiring. Mrs. Hagan and her husband lived all over the United States, but were especially fond of Key West, Florida, their home for many years. After her husband’s death in 1999, Mrs. Hagan was devoted to gardening and to spoiling her beloved dogs. Mrs. Hagan leaves warm and inspiring memories with her family and many admirers and friends, all of whom are grateful to her for making them better. Even to the end, she was a living example every day to what some say were Michelangelo’s last words: “Ancora Imparo.” [I am always learning.] The Hagan family would be remiss not to note with gratitude the extraordinary generosity of Mrs. Hagan’s great friend, the late Edith Fried of Key West and Norwalk, Connecticut, who left a significant bequest as a special-needs trust for her. That gift made an enormous difference in the quality of Mrs. Hagan’s life in her final years. Mrs. Hagan’s remains will be cremated, and family and friends will be notified of a memorial service to be held at a later date.

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  1. Touching tribute, her legacy is made real by the character of her children – “by their fruits ye shall know them” –

  2. I think of my sister Carmen, her place now is in heaven. God took her by his hand. Rest in peace.
    It’s a great pity, that we couldn’t meet each other in the last years. We stay in contact with your marvellous sons.

  3. Unfortunately we didn’t meet each other, but your son and my cousin Bill told us, what wonderful wife and mother you were. Dear aunt rest in God’s peace.

  4. Such an awesome legacy and a full lifetime of achievements! Certainly she will be missed, Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Hagan family.

  5. She was a loving lady. Family and friends will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Love, Sylvia and Paul Rhodes

  6. Mr. Hagan,
    I was just thinking of you and your Mom last week. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. You and your family are in my prayers.

  7. On behalf of all the Bertas, we extend our deep sympathies for the loss of your family’s Matriarch. There will be a candle lit for her at Our Lady of Victory Church tomorrow and a toast to her honor this evening at Dad’s place. Be at rest, Mrs. Hagan, your legacy lives on and shall honor you for decades and decades to come.

    With love and admiration,
    The Berta family

  8. Bill, This is a lovely tribute to your mom. I feel as if I know her because of the many stories you shared about her. I recall my one TDY to First Army (Atlanta), and we stopped by her house so you could check on her. Life is certainly richer and better because she gave us you!

  9. Thinking of you, Bill, and your family. Have just these words, likely ill-fit to provide much comfort. But at least you know you’ve many friends, me among them, who truly care as you cope with the loss of your lovely mother.

    Tahseen

  10. Knowing Bill and Kathi as I do, I know how important Carmen was in their lives. She sounds like a remarkable woman who left the earth a better place as a result of her presence. May she rest in peace.

  11. We deeply regret the death of our Aunt Carmen. Unfortunately we never met her personally. In remembrance of her, whe want to intensify the connection to Bill and his family in the future.

  12. I’m so very sorry for your loss, and that of all her loved ones. I never had the opportunity to meet your Mom, but I feel as though I’d met her, through you, and your wonderful stories. I pray for the Lord to take great care of her, just as y’all did here on earth. May she Rest In Peace knowing how loved she was in life, and that she will remain in the memories of so many. Pam

  13. A most gracious and lovely lady with whom I had the pleasure of conversation. My sincere condolences to the Hagan family, she will be missed.

  14. Our thoughts are with you.
    What‘s remains is love and memory.
    With silent greetings
    Gerhard and Evi

  15. I knew Carmen to be a full of life person who was always a pleasure to share time with. She was ever welcoming and accommodating, gracious, and caring. I will miss her. My prayers to her family.

  16. I’m not a religious man, but I do know what it means to loose a father or a mother after a long battle. They remain in your thoughts for the rest of YOUR life. And rightly so. My deepest condolences.

  17. I echo what so many others have said. Carmen truly left a grand legacy. She is proudly watching her sons and the many others she touched!

  18. Michael, I am sorry for your loss. I remember your remarkable mother from our high school days. She was always warm and welcoming. You are truly fortunate to have shared so many years with her, and she was indeed bless to have such loving, caring sons as you and your brother. I’m sure you have many happy memories to comfort you during this difficult time. Sincere condolences, Bonita

  19. Carmen Hagen Was very observable person she Love People she always wanted to now What she can do to held you
    if she can. She was a beautiful person and will always say you are beautiful Also she would say sit with me and talk with me I love to hear your voice can I have a cup of coffee? She loved her coffee l will surely miss her and l will all her fun memories in my heart. She was really a beautiful person on the inside and the outside her caregiver.
    Ms. J Gonzales

  20. DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP
    I am not there, I do not sleep, I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. l am the sunlight on ripened grain. l am the gentle Autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush l am the spirit uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. l am the soft stars that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die. Mrs Carmen Hagan was such a wonderful lady, have the essence of compassion, love, understanding and patience. She could not ask for more from her caring children Michael and William and daughter in law Cathy.May her soul rest in peace.
    She will be missed.

  21. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bill and Kathi, and with the entire family. Carmen rests in the peace of Christ and enjoys the beauty of eternity.

  22. Our thoughts and prayers to the Hagan family. unfortunately, l never had the chance to meet Mrs Hagan. I learnt alot about her from my wife who was her nurse for 4 years. She spoke very highly of Mrs Hagan. She was compassionate, caring and demonstrated a kind of love to any body who got in contact with her. The kind of love she had for her two sons, Michael and his big bro Bill. she was such an intelligent and very remarkable woman. She admired nature and had a sense of humor. One day my wife came home from work and said l want my two sons to take good care of me just like the Hagans does to their mom when l grow old. Any body who knows Ms Hagan could tell the kind of love she had for her children, Kathy and grandchild. Michael and Bill l know how important Your mom meant in your lives. God be with her till we meet again. lf we meet again we shall smile. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

  23. Es ist immer schwer zu ertragen, einen geliebten Menschen zu verlieren.
    In Gedanken trauern wir mit Euch lieber Bill und Kathi.
    Regina & Paul

  24. From the many kind tributes posted here, it is obvious that many will feel this loss for some time. Please find comfort in the promise at Rev. 21:3,4

  25. Acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that there will be a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  26. Carmen Hagan was a remarkable woman and I’m so glad to have known her. She was also a very loved woman, with her two sons leading the charge with their time and devotion, especially in the last decade of her life.

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