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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, February 10, 2002

Idella Haag

Idella Haag, a longtime resident of Belvedere, died peacefully at Aldersley Retirement Home in San Rafael on February 4th, 2002. She was 89 years old.

Idella was born in Bremerton, Washington. She lived in Seattle until the end of World War II. During those years, she was involved in the retail fashion business, and briefly served as a driver for the officers of the U.S. Army during the war. California was home for the remainder of her life. She married Dr. Alvin Haag in 1959 and shortly thereafter they moved to Ignacio and later to Belvedere.

Her many years of volunteering with the Marin Foundation (formerly Friends of Arequipa) included serving as President of the Foundation three times, and Chairman of the Oleander and Driftwood Units. Her innovative fundraising ideas produced many thousands of dollars. She and Al were generous with their resources, which started the Endowment Fund of the Foundation.

Tiburon Thrift Shop benefitted from her expertise. She served as President of the organization, as well as Volunteer Manager for several years. Her enthusiasm for improvement projects was infectious, and she was able to get many volunteers to participate and increased the revenue substantially. She was an active member of St. Stephen's Guild and was a partner with Al and his ministry in the Church.

They were members of San Francisco Yacht Club and Idella often modeled in the Auxiliary Fashion Shows. Traveling for many months a year was rewarding, but she was always happy to return home and get back to the bridge table!

Her family remembers her most for her wonderful smile, positive attitude, sense of humor and unconditional support. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Alvin Haag, who died on December 15, 2001. Mrs. Haag is survived by her daughter, Shirley Silvestri of Tiburon; Al's son, Dr. David Haag of Irvine; seven grandchildren, Michael Haag of Malden, Massachusetts; Stephen Haag of Flagstaff, Arizona; Robert Haag of Brookline, Massachusetts; Russ Silvestri of San Francisco; Laura Partridge of Truckee; Steven Haag of Anaheim; and Lauren Haag of Huntington Beach; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere on Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 AM. Contributions in Idella's memory may be made to St. Stephen's Church.

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