Cathy Leigh Haugen

Cathy Leigh Haugen

November 12, 1956 - December 30, 2010

Cathy Leigh Haugen

November 12, 1956 - December 30, 2010


Cathy Leigh Haugen passed away at her home in Mission Viejo, CA on December 30, 2010. Cathy was born on November 12, 1956 in Northern Minnesota. She grew up on her parents’ farm in Beltrami with her brother, Bruce, and her sister, Chrys.

Cathy graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1975 and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis receiving a degree in Dental Hygiene.

She married Dan Haugen, of Fertile, on October 12, 1979 and they moved to San Diego. Her son, Austin was born in San Diego on December 16, 1985. Over the course of their 32 year marriage, they lived in San Diego, Atlanta, Santa Barbara, Denver and Mission Viejo. She practiced Dental Hygiene for 18 years and retired in 1994.

Cathy was generous, good hearted, had a great sense of humor and was a lively conversationalist. She was tenacious and tireless when it came to helping others and making them feel special. Her faith and her family were the most important things in her life.

Many times she was heard saying her biggest accomplishment in her life was her son, Austin. Cathy spent many years volunteering at Austin’s schools. She was always the ‘room mom’ of the class, the team mom, the Cub Scout leader, the school auction organizer, and the organizer of many other school events.

She is survived by her husband, Dan, her son, Austin, her parents, Walter and Charlene Stromstad, her brother, Bruce Stromstad, and sister, Chrys Stromstad O’Neill.

Cathy was a beloved wife and devoted mother and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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31 responses to Cathy Leigh Haugen

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  1. Dear Dan, Austin and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were very saddened by the news. Your Christmas card with letter, pictures, memories, and Cathy’s reflections on the years gone by was special . . . May God be with you and your family.
    Dan and Diane

  2. Brian Dowd says:

    Our lives a better for having the Haugen family as friends. Her memory makes us smile. Our prayers are that you know you will be with her and God again someday.

  3. Jill Rickard says:

    Danny and Austin,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you both. You are welcome to come sit and watch the Mississippi go by makes me think of the time Austin walked across it up north – none of that here. Relax and watch the river traffic. I find it quite calming. You are both welcome anytime, No reservations necessary. Just come on…
    Jack and Jill

  4. Dan & Austin
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. Our sympathy to you and your extended families around the country. She was a special person with a great sense of humor and passion for life. She will be missed greatly. Our prayers go with you always.
    Jim & SJ

  5. Jim Taylor says:

    Dan – My heart felt sympathies go out to you in this very trying time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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