Fanny Abigail Hager, 100, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, March 4, 2013 at Charlene Manor in Greenfield. She was the daughter
of Myron and Marion Hager of South Deerfield. Fanny was born and raised on a farm at Hager Cross Road on the Connecticut river which she adored.
She graduated from Deerfield High School and went on to UMass for her BA In Nursing. She then enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII and served on the USS Algonquin which was deployed in the Mediterrean. After the war she went back to UMass for her RN and a Mastet's degree in Education. She taught at many nursing schools, including Brigham and Womens, for the rest of her working life.
She was very involved with the South Deerfield Congregational Church. In 1932, she was introduced to The Theosophical Society based in NYC by one of her professors at UMass, Dr. Raymond Torre. She spent the rest of her days studying the works of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky. She also read from the first printing the writings of JRR Tolkien and became a Tolkien scholar.
She was an early pioneer in the environmental movement and supported innumerable Green organizations through petitions and financial support.
She leaves behind her brother, Myron, 95, her companion of 11 years, Adrian Montagano and many generations of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Osgood Brook Cemetary, on New Salem Road in Wendell at noon this Friday, March 8, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse at PO Box 22, Wendell, MA 01379