Above / Ruth Hageman and Wilbert Hageman at Naper Settlement in 2016.
Today we’re remembering Wilbert Hageman. Wilbert died Jan. 6, 2024, at age 93. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, who died Nov. 15, 2022. They were married for 73 years.
PN’s fond memories with the Hageman family date back to the mid-1990s during events such as DuPage County Fairs, Wheatland Plowing Match Association Pig Roasts and WPMA Spaghetti Dinners, where Wilbert served many leadership positions.
Back in the 1980s, Wilbert Hageman had helped organize the Farmers Monument along the Riverwalk with names of farm families to celebrate the city’s rural roots.
With tremendous pride, Wilbert was a fun-loving gentleman who reminded everyone, “No farmers, no food.”
In between raising funds and awareness for farm projects and college scholarships dedicated to youth planning agriculture careers, Wilbert oftentimes shared stories about his love for sports and coaching.
At times during PN’s first 22 years, we’ve featured stories about Wilbert. When we checked, we found several vintage photos saved in our files.
In September 2021, members of the Naperville Heritage Society Board and Naperville Settlement staff were joined by Dr. Larry Hageman to break ground for the Herman & Anna Hageman Memorial Thresher Hall, now open at the City’s outdoor history museum.
During the reception on the Mansion Lawn, PN photographed members of the Hageman family.
We remember visiting with Wilbert and Ruth that day. Always proud of his rural heritage, we’re certain Wilbert reminded us, “No farmers. No food.”
Friedrich Jones is handling arrangements and services. Visitation will be from 4PM to 7PM on Friday, January 12, 2024, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM on Saturday, January 13, at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St.
Interment will follow at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.