Martina Hagedorn

Martina Hagedorn

Monday, March 16th, 1942 - Saturday, March 28th, 2020
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Martina “Teen” Hagedorn (nee Dykstra) passed away on March 28, 2020, at the age of 78.

Martina grew up in North Haledon, New Jersey. She attended Eastern Christian schools where she graduated in 1960. She graduated from William Paterson University in 1964 where she majored in Elementary Education. It was at the Christian schools that she first met and subsequently married Donald, her beloved husband of 46 years. They eventually settled in Mahwah, New Jersey where she became a full-time mother to their three children. Donald preceded her in death in 2011 as did her mother Adrianna, her father Frank and her sister Henrietta.
In her early years she was an elementary school teacher at the Christian school her children attended in Succasunna, NJ. Later on in life Martina was a volunteer at the Snoep Winkle in the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff and eventually became a resident at the Longview apartments.

Martina loved Jesus, her family, and had a special love of nature especially on Cape Cod where she and Don had built their retirement home. Teen was a gifted social person who loved to talk with everyone. She exhibited love, compassion, kindness and a genuine caring for all she encountered. Her laughter and the twinkle in her eye will be greatly missed by all. She will be most remembered for her ability to see value in people and her willingness to listen, comfort, and provide wisdom. Teen deeply valued her family and wholeheartedly loved her Saviour Jesus Christ.

Martina is survived by her three children. Her son, Dr. David William Hagedorn and his wife Nicole of Jacksonville, NC, her daughter Donna Beth Bellavia and her husband Chris of Mahwah, NJ, and her son Daniel James Hagedorn of Charleston, SC. She is also survived by her six granddaughters: Courtney Renee Bellavia, Amanda Beth Bellavia, Hannah Elizabeth Bellavia of Mahwah, NJ, Morgan Kate Hagedorn, Claire Riley Hagedorn, and Esther Payal Hagedorn of Jacksonville, NC. Additionally she is survived by her brother George Dykstra and his wife Annamae of Chichester, NH, and her sister-in-law Ruth Knyfd Wynbeek. Though the Lord Jesus Christ has called her home, the memories she leaves her friends and family are full of joy, happiness, and hope.

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and the concern for the health of everyone, no visiting hours or services will be held at this time. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Private interment will take place at the George Washington Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eastern Christian School Association, Development Office, 50 Oakwood Ave., North Haledon, NJ or to the Christian Health Care Center, Development Office, 301 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481.
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Posted at 12:22pm
To the Hagedorn family:
I’m so deeply saddened to learn of Martina’s passing. Don, without a doubt, was, and is with her. One of my favorite memories is of Martina and Don walking around our Cape Cod neighborhood, hand in hand. I know they’re hand in hand now with each other and God. I loved them both.

Susan Wilcox

David Hagedorn

Posted at 04:00pm
It was at 6:39 a.m. Saturday when I received a call from the physician assistant tending to my mother’s newly determined and overnight worsening hypoxia. To my surprise, she reported that Mom tested positive for COVID-19 and that they needed to put her on a ventilator. It was only 11 hours earlier when I spoke to Mom on the phone, during which time she was in no distress and was pleased that the medical staff had checked her all over. Because of her hearing loss, she had no idea that she had a fatal virus. She ended the call with instructions for me to call my Aunt Ruth to arrange for the travel ambulette to pick her up Saturday morning and take her back “home” to the Christian Healthcare Center.

Her parting wish to return “home” was greatly exceeded!

You see, Mom was a recipient of supernatural work of the Spirit done in her leading to her acceptance of Jesus as Messiah for the forgiveness of sin and thereby obtaining eternal life (see Romans 10:9-13). She and my Dad shared this life-changing faith in Christ and lived their lives in service to God. Anyone that knew them can attest to this. In fact, at 7:40 a.m., at about the time the doctors started to intubate my Mom, a Bible verse, John 3:16, popped up on my phone. I laughed because it was the first verse my Mother taught me when I was about 4-5 years old. I had no idea that it was at that moment God was preparing the exact details to permit her a painless and peaceful transition from sinful humanity to glorious perfection with Him for eternity. It is this very certain assurance of life after death that she desperately, with frequent tearful pleading in prayer, desired for her children and grandchildren.

I can without reservation say to anyone reading this, if you have also experienced the unearned free gift of salvation, then each day that you have left is best used to share the gospel of Christ with anyone and everyone you possibly can. Time is short. If this sounds foolish and you have not asked God to forgive you of sin (and all have sinned), then you still have time to humbly talk to God and ask Him to transform your life so that you can also share an awesome eternity. We all have read this famous Bible verse, even at football and baseball games we see the signs, but it was also the one my Mom taught me five decades ago, John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” No greater promise. No greater opportunity. No better time than now to accept and to share this truth.

I miss you Mom but I will see you again.

Dave Hagedorn

Joan Bough Posted at 07:45pm

Dan. Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Love Joe & Joan Bough

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