Richard L. Haeg, 84, Collegeville

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Richard L. Haeg, 84


Dec. 30, 1933-Aug. 14, 2018

Richard L. Haeg, 84, of Collegeville, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 14. His funeral was held Aug. 20 at St. John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville. The Revs. Cyril Gorman, OSB, and Roman Paur, OSB, officiated. Burial took place in the St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery, Collegeville.

Haeg was born on Dec. 30, 1933 in Granite Ledge Township, Benton County, Minnesota to Ted and Letta (Judd) Haeg. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Haeg graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in art and later obtained a Master’s in Art Education from St. Cloud State University. He married Eileen Leidenfrost on Aug. 27, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. He taught at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud for 31 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish and also an oblate of the Order of St. Benedict.

Haeg was an artist of multiple media who specialized in stained glass. He was a craftsman in woodworking and furniture restoration. He also was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading and playing cards. He was a gentleman farmer and Renaissance man.

Survivors include by his wife of 57 years, Eileen; children, Gregory (Megan McNair) of Collegeville, Daniel of Collegeville, Benedict (Claire) of Sauk Centre, Christopher of Collegeville, Timothy (Kelly) of Collegeville; 11 grandchildren, Graham and Ian Schwartz, Stephanie and Nicholas Haeg, Madeline, Johanna and Thomas Haeg, Cecilia, Carl, Vivian and Francis McNair; and siblings, Howard (Betty) of Columbia Heights, Jerome of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Monica (Richard) Weinmann of Blaine.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marietta Schwartz in 2017; brothers, Edward and John Haeg; sisters-in-law, Jane (Edward) and Rose (Jerome).

A heartfelt thank you to CentraCare Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Richard Haeg


Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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