Merna M. Hagstrom
Date of Birth
January 20, 1927
Memphis, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 26, 2021
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 ~ 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Monday, May 31, 2021 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


United Methodist Church
1442 Adams St.
Ashland, NE 68003

Ashland Youth Ball Association
P.O. Box 55
Ashland, NE 68003

American Legion #129
1541 Silver St.
Ashland, NE 68003

Merna Mardell (Smith) Hagstrom, 94 of Ashland passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Oxbow Living Center.  She was born January 20, 1927 to Claude C. and Erma T. (Sherman) Smith in Memphis, NE. Merna grew up in the Memphis and Ashland areas.  As a child she tapped danced and played the accordion.  She took part in many programs and talent contests.  Merna graduated from Ashland High School.

She married Kenneth O. Hagstrom on April 1, 1944 in San Diego, CA shortly before Kenneth’s Marine division shipped out to the South Pacific during the war.  They lived in the Ashland area all their lives.  Merna was a Sunday School teacher, Brownie Scout and 4-H leader, member of the Ashland Saddle Club, life-member of the American Legion Auxiliary #129, Ashland United Methodist Church, and many bridge clubs.

She worked as a Nutrition Aide for UNL in Saunders County for over 10 years and served as Secretary to the Ashland Housing Board before becoming manager of the Golden Manor Apartments for 32 years which she really enjoyed.  She loved going to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting and dance events and especially enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth O. Hagstrom; son, Kent Lee Hagstrom; parents, Claude and Erma Smith; sister, Claudine Rogers and infant brother, Bernard C. Smith.

Merna is survived by her daughter, Sheryl Jean (Augie) Castillo; grandchildren, Shelley (Steve) Pfeiffer, James (Tasha) McDonell, Kimberly (Joe) Cohn; step-grandchildren, Tricia (Lance) Worley, Eric (Leann) Castillo, David Temple II, Gina Rozanek, Lana (Brad) Temple Plotz, and Leigh (William) Nanson; 25 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Condolences for Merna M. Hagstrom
  1. Richard Watson
    • May 27, 2021 - 4 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. I spent a lot of time at the gas station when I was growing up. She will be missed by all that knew her.

  2. Kimberly
    • May 27, 2021 - 4 months ago

    I love you grandma!
    I cant ever thank you enough for everything that you and grandpa did for me and my kids.
    I will miss you so so much!

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