Obituary: Anne ‘Louise’ Hagan, 104, Bardstown

Anne “Louise” Hagan, 104, of Bardstown, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, peacefully at Windsor Gardens just five days short of her 105th birthday. She was born on July 26, 1914, in New Haven, the first of two daughters of John Sidney and May Boone Hagan. She attended St. Catherine school and majored in Music at Nazareth Junior College where she honed her piano skills and love of classical music.


She moved to Bardstown when she married William “Harry” Hagan Sr., in October 1941 at St. Catherine Church with a reception at the Talbott Tavern. It was years later that the two discovered their “Hagan” surname lines crossed eight generations back. They created a loving family of five children and owned several local businesses including Hagan’s Dairy and The Dairy Bar. They enjoyed 47 years together until Harry passed away in 1989.

After college, Louise taught music lessons and worked at a distillery in Athertonville; later she was active in a number of local clubs including the Stephen Foster Music Club, Bardstown Women’s Club and Garden Club (a former president); plus she was one of the founders of the Stephen Foster Junior Music Club.

Since her father worked for the L & N railroad, she always had a passion for traveling and participated in numerous travels to Europe and cruises to many Caribbean islands. She first visited Europe in 1970 with the editor of the Kentucky Standard, Elizabeth Spalding, for 21 days when they traveled to eight countries. And, each summer she insisted that the family take a vacation which usually included several states and attractions.

In addition to her husband Harry, she was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Grace Hagan Keene.

She will be greatly missed by her five children: the Rev. Harry Hagan, OSB, of St. Meinrad, Ind., Mary-Lou Montagna of Scarsdale, N.Y., Felicia (John) Ferrara of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sidney (Brenda) Hagan of Bardstown, and Gracie (Frank) Fasano of Dayton, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, Mia Montagna, Gina Montagna, Merissa Ferrara (Mark) Elisei, John “J.P.” (Alison) Ferrara, William (Madalyn) Hagan, Lucy Hagan (Scott) Herrmann, Alex Hagan, George Hagan, Frankie (Yen) Fasano, Elisa Fasano (Jason) Suchy, Gracie Fasano (Oscar) Saule, Anthony Fasano; 12 great-grandchildren, Raven Montagna, Merci Montagna, Dante Elisei, Sydney Elisei, Johnny Ferrara, Leah Ferrara, Brian Hagan, Maria Fasano, Francesca Fasano, Joey Fasano, Nathan Suchy and Savannah Suchy; and many dear nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Windsor Gardens and Hospice for their loving care.

The Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown with burial in the church cemetery with the Rev. Harry Hagan, OSB, and the Rev. Terry Bradshaw, officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019, and 8-9:15 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at Barlow Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. Thursday prayer service.

Memorial contributions may go to St. Joseph Parish or St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana.

Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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