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

  1. Dan and Austin,
    You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Marthaa and Jonathan

  2. Nancy Bandza says:

    Dear Dan and Austin,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You were blessed with a wonderful wife and mother. She will be remembered and missed by many.
    Nancy, Joe, Alex and Emily Bandza

  3. We will miss her greatly. I’m spending a lot of time reflecting upon our times together and what a wonderful person she was to us. Life will be different without her as life was different because of her. God bless all of you.

  4. Dan, Austin and your extended family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Cathy was a very special friend and she will always have a place in my heart. Sherrie Starr

  5. We have shared so many wonderful memories over the years and I cherish them all. Cathy brought so much happiness to my life and so many others. I will miss having Cathy always in my corner, cheering me on and encouraging me. While I hate that she’s gone, I’m so thankful for the wonderful memories and every moment I was able to spend with her. I’m sorry for the pain you’re experiencing and I wish there was something I could say or write or do to lessen your pain.

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