Norma Hage — Rochester


ROCHESTER — Norma Hage, 87, a former co-publisher of several weekly newspapers in Minnesota and California, died Friday (May 4, 2007) at Charter House, where she had been a resident for many years.

Norma Hanssen was born March 24, 1920, in Madison, Minn. She graduated from Fairfax (Minn.) public schools in 1938 and worked as a legal secretary for W.C. Nelson in Fairfax until her marriage to Glenn Hage on Sept. 17, 1942. During World War II, they lived in San Francisco and worked for the Office of War Information. She was a supervisor in the stenographic department, and he was a radio news writer. They returned to Minnesota following the war.

From 1948 to 1950 they published the Renville (Minn.) Star Farmer, in partnership with Tom Licklikder. They bought the Kanabec County Times in Mora, Minn., and after about 10 years there bought the Princeton (Minn.) Union. After a break from the newspaper publishing business, they bought the Sanger Herald, a weekly in Fresno County, Calif., in 1968. Two years later they acquired the Reedley (Calif.) Exponent, near the Sanger property. They retired from the newspaper business in 1977 for health reasons. She and her husband were avid travelers, wrote columns of their trips and gave travel talks. She also served as vice president and treasurer of Minnesota Press Women and was an officer for a number of years in Eastern Star. In 1989 Mayo Clinic named the Hage Atrium in the Siebens Building in their honor.

There are no immediate survivors. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998, six brothers and two sisters.


Mrs. Hage’s ashes will be scattered at sea with her husband’s in a private ceremony.

Memorials are suggested to Mayo Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes of Rochester is in charge of arrangements.

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