Caroline Kirk Hagen

Sep 6 1929
Jan 12 2020
90 Years
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Caroline Kirk Hagen, of Parkesburg, PA, died on January 12, 2020, at Lancaster General Hospital.  She was born September 6, 1929 in West Grove, PA, daughter of the late William R. and Edna Patricia Cole of Lincoln University, Chester County.  She was married to Edwin Fillmore Kirk Jr. for 38 years until his death in 1986.  In 1998 she married Dr. John W. Hagen of Parkesburg.

Caroline attended high schools in Oxford, PA, Pittsfield, MA, and San Diego, CA, before returning to graduate from Oxford in 1946.  She attended Penn State before studying voice and piano at Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia.  She taught private music lessons for over 40 years, served as choir director in the Methodist Church of Odessa, DE, and as interim director of the Chancel Choir of Lancaster Church of the Brethren.  She sang with the  Lanchester Chorus and the LCOB choir and had been a guest soloist with the Lincoln University Glee Club.  She was an Avon representative for many years and was a teacher's assistant at Octorara Middle School from 1981 to 1988.

Caroline was a member of the Oxford Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.  She had served the Baltimore Yearly Meeting on committees and as a registrar and Recording clerk.

Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy.  Music, theater and traveling were her hobbies.  She and John traveled extensively, enjoying trips to Maui, South Africa, Austria, Germany, Norway, England, Scotland, Canada, Florida, California, Washington and Vermont.

Caroline is survived by her husband of 20 years, John W. Hagen, her sons, Timothy (Claudia) Kirk of Paradise, PA, Philip (Pati) Kirk of Lowell, VT, John Elliott (Dr. Bradley Peterson) Kirk of San Francisco, CA, and grandchildren; Barton (Erin) Kirk of Pittsburgh, PA, Samuel (Amanda) Kirk, Newtown Square, PA, Alison (Todd Sammons) Kirk of Lewes, DE, Caroline (Thomas) Csala of Magnolia, DE, six great-grandchildren; Thomas, Sennawyn, Tyler, Luke, Oliver and Frances.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Patsy Cole Vinther.

A Friends Memorial Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Oxford Friends Meeting, 260 S. 3rd St., Oxford, PA at 1:00 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Friends Service Committee by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online Condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Feb 15 2020 - 1:00pm
Service Location: 
Oxford Friends Meeting Oxford, PA


Dear John and the Kirk family,

Although I did not personally know Caroline, I know what she meant to her son, my dear friend John, and so I grieve with you for her loss. I pray that the faith that sustained her will also comfort her family as she now has entered God's presence in a way we can only imagine. May the strong memory of her life and love for all of you carry you through this difficult time.


~Diane Bowers

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Dear John,


So sorry to learn of the loss of your mother.  She sounds like a very interesting person who must have been wonderful to know; you seem to have inherited those characteristics.  My mom died 18 years ago, but I often feel her warm presence; I hope you will have this experience also.  A mother is forever.

with great sympathy,




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I am not sure if you remember me or not.  I lived across the street (Broad) from you when we were kids.  My nickname was Barbie.  I've often wondered what happened to you.  I'm so sorry to hear if your mothers passing.  I will always have fond memories.

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