Mary “Muggs” Margaret Hogen, age 87, of New Ulm passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, and continue from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm, with a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Jason Mehring. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org.
Mary was born on January 26, 1930, in Butternut Valley to Alfred and Mary (Hughes) Thorstad. She attended Lake Crystal Public Schools and graduated in 1948. After graduation, she moved to New Ulm and worked for Dr. Fred Lippmann, and later Kemske Paper Company. She was united in marriage to George “Buddy” Hogen, Jr., the love of her life, on May 20, 1950, at the former Congregational Church in New Ulm. Shortly after their wedding, she moved to Alabama with Buddy, who was serving in the Army National Guard, for 1 1/2 years. Upon returning to New Ulm, they started Highland Gardens Greenhouse at their home on Highland Avenue. They were the proud parents of three adopted children, Scott, Gary and Cynthia. In 1966, Buddy and Muggs, along with their children, moved their business west of New Ulm on U.S. Highway 14 in Milford Township, where they expanded their floral and nursery business to include a landscaping and lawn business. She enjoyed spending time in sewing groups and card clubs, doing ceramics, and just having fun joking around. In 1984, they retired and moved to the Brainerd Lakes area where she enjoyed working part-time for several resorts and making crafts and wooden furniture with Buddy. They moved back to New Ulm in 2002 to be closer to their grandchildren and family.
Survivors include her sons and daughter, Scott (LaVonne) of New Ulm, Gary of Sleepy Eye, and Cynthia of Brainerd; grandchildren, Jody (Kevin) Braulick of New Ulm, Jessica (Derek) Nachreiner of Sleepy Eye, Joshua (special friend Kenzie Alfred), Jeremy, Jacob and Jeffrey all of New Ulm; great grandchildren, Leah and Claire Braulick and Bristol and Emmitt Nachreiner; sister-in-law, Helen Thorstad; nieces, Sue (Dick) Price and Debra (Marty) Sharp; and nephews, John (Kari) Gustafson, Craig (Connie) Thorstad, Larry (Lanae) Thorstad, and Robert and Ronald Reinhart.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Buddy; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harold Gustafson; brothers, Mallard “Vince” and Dick; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marion and Leo Reinhart and nephew Richard Reinhart.
Memorials are preferred to Oak Hills Living Center or the donor’s choice.