Genella Haugen

Genella was born on February 19, 1928, in Max, ND to Reinhold & Mary (Hoffman) Herdt. She attended school in  Max before moving to their farm in Nohly, MT.  She met Dagnar Haugen and they eloped to Dillon, MT, and were married on November 23, 1944.  They moved to the Haugen farm at Four Mile, MT. This is where she learned how to cook Lutefisk and roll Lefse.  They had three children, Robert, Myrna, and Mary.

In 1956 they moved to Big Horn, and then eventually moved into Sheridan.   

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, where she and her sister started the annual Lutefisk dinner.

Genella went to work as a nurses aide at Sheridan Memorial Hospital where she worked for several years. She liked playing cards and visiting with her friends and family.  

She is survived by her daughter Myrna Loomis, Robert Haugen (Jeri), Mary Welter (Kip); Six grandchildren, Tim Loomis, Kris Malli(Leroy), Vicki Benedict (Willy), Steven Haugen (Michelle), Charlotte Brown (Josh) and Valerie Welter; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judeen Berry and Charlene (Bob) Aas; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Genella is preceded in death by her parents, Reinhold & Mary, her husband Dagnar, her sister Frances, and her brother Elmer. 

The family has requested that memorials be directed to the GreenHouse Living of Sheridan.

Online condolences may be written at Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.


  1. Very kind Lady, I always liked her, said hi to her at Greenhouse. She always had a smile, and will be missed.

  2. Im so sorry for you loss Genella was a very special lady she will de miss by all l can see her & mom togather heaven. Prayers for all. Wyla

  3. I met Mrs Haugen when I first moved to Sheridan in 2002. She lived across the street from where I was renting a house. She made me feel very welcome and used to bake cookies for me and in exchange, I would take care of mowing her lawn. She was a very sweet, kind woman. RIP M’am.

  4. I knew Genella from working at the Senior Center. In those 22 years I had the pleasure of meeting many kind hearted women and she was one of them! Blessings on your family.

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