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Albert Haglund April 26, 1918 - Jan. 17, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Albert Haglund, 90, of Willmar, formerly of Rochester and New London, died Saturday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Salem Covenant Church in rural Pennock. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born April 26, 1918, in Rockford, Ill., to Algot and Anna (Murat) Haglund. He grew up in Rockford where he attended school and also went to college to study music.

He married Bertha Thorson on March 16, 1940, in Rockford. They moved to Minneapolis in 1943 and he worked at a glider factory during World War II. They moved to a farm in Lake Andrew Township west of New London in 1945 and he farmed and taught piano. He was the organist at the Willmar Assemblies of God for more than 20 years and later at Salem Covenant Church for several years. He worked for 25 years at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. He and his wife performed sang at various functions, and he played piano, accordion, and the Swedish Harp. After his wife died in 1984, he continued to live in Willmar until moving in 1989 to Rochester.

He married Rose Yost in 1989. They later divorced. He returned to Willmar in 2008 when he entered the Willmar Commons nursing home. He was a member of Salem Covenant Church in rural Pennock.

He is survived by his sons: Stratton (and Diane) of New London, Wesley (and Wendy) of Willmar, Joel (and Norma) of Phoenix and Bertil (and fiancée Gail) of Minnetonka; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1984.

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