Evans Funeral Home

"Compassionate Funeral Service"

Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911



Eileen Haakenson

Eileen Haakenson, age 84, of New Rockford, ND, died January 13, 2017, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Eileen J. Comer was born November 13, 1932, in rural Sheyenne, ND, the daughter of Ernest and Irene (Baldwin) Comer. She was raised in the Sheyenne – New Rockford area until the age of 13, when she and her brother, Myron, went to live with the Kenneth Comer family in the McHenry, ND, area. When Eileen turned 18, she moved back to New Rockford and worked at City Hospital, and then for Vivian Boe at her café.

She was united in marriage to Stanley Haakenson on June 9, 1954, at New Rockford, and they moved to Wahpeton, ND, for his schooling at NDSSS. When he was finished with school, they moved to Mandan, ND, before returning to Clarence Haakenson’s farm. In 1961, they moved to Grace City, ND, where they stayed until 1969. They then moved to Riverdale, ND, where Eileen worked at Tastee Freeze as a cook until 1970. They returned to New Rockford at that time, and she began working in the kitchen department at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  Eileen worked there until her health caused her to retire. Stan passed away September 15, 1984, and Eileen stayed in the New Rockford area. In 2011, she moved into the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.

Eileen loved her family and her friends, and she was always caring about other people.

Eileen is survived by her children, Clayton Haakenson, Sheyenne, ND,  Clifford (Lyla) Haakenson, Rolla, ND, Douglas (Kim) Haakenson, Fargo, ND, and  Em (Hagen Gunderson) Janes, Fargo; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her siblings, Jim Comer, Coleville, WA, Carol (Rocky) Winberg, Morrison, CO, Lynda (Chris) Simmons, Lansford, ND,  and Alvin Paulson Jr., Devils Lake, ND.  She is also survived by a close family friend, John Scanson, New Rockford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanly Haakenson, sons, Kevin and Gerald, parents, Ernest and Irene, foster parents, Kenneth and Ann, and her brothers, Evert, Myron, Larry, Gary, and Dwight.



Friday (Jan. 27th) 9AM - 5PM, and Saturday, 9AM - Noon, Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford


First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND


Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00PM


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, rural Binford, ND

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Name: Wesley Brown

Date: 9/23/2017

Message: I'm sorry for your loss.  From the past, I recall Eileen as a child of the Ernest Comer family, as I went to elementary school with her brother, Evert.  Their farm was near the farm of my father, Philip Brown.  When my father died in 1941, we moved to Moorhead, MN.  Later, went to school in Minneapolis and moved on to the Los Angeles area.


Name: Karen (Comer) Joshua  

Date: Jan 27, 2017

Message: So sorry to hear of aunty's passing, I remember many good times of hearing the band, and also many times I would bring dad by on our way back from his Dr visits. I know they are all together now and dancing and laughing with some very Good music. Love to all.



Name: Dawn Rost

Date: 01/26/2017

Message: Eileen Haakenson family,  My aunt and I were one of the lucky ones to have known Eileen.  She was an amazing woman.  She always had a smile and ready to help anyone in need.  Eileen was always so greatful when I would bring a cake for the group.  Loved that she would pick which kind of cake I would make them.  She also had such a good sense of humor.  She will definitely be missed !  My thoughts are with you. 




Name: Darlis Short

Date: 1/23/17

Message: Sorry for your loss. I remember so many good times with your Mom & DAd in Grace City and when your Dad's band played.  I had many wonderful visits with her at the home. My sympathy. Hugs and prayers for all.

Love Darlis


Name: Steve & Karen Samek

Date: 01/21/2017

Message: Dear family of Eileen, our sincere sympathy in the loss of your "loved" one.  She was a remarkable lady. Steve played in the band with your dad many years ago. We always had a wonderful time with your parents - lots of laughter & fun. We live in Alexandria MN and will not be able to attend the service. Take care and God Bless each of you.



Name: Laurie Reinhart

Date: 1/20/2017

Message: Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. She was quite an amazing woman with a heart of gold and the gift to make others smile and laugh. Our family thought a lot of her. Blessing to you all.

James & Laurie (Williams) Reinhart...Chicago, Illinois




Name: Shannon Riggle

Date: 01/18/17

Message: Haakenson family - so sorry for the loss of Eileen.  Such a wonderful woman, full of joy and humor and although it has been some time since I last saw her, she will indeed be missed!!



Name: Carol Winberg and Family

Date: January 16,2017

Message: Dear Clayton, Clifford, Emareen, and Douglas, I am so sorry for your loss of your Mother. I will miss her greatly. Thinking of all of you at this time.

Love, Aunt Carol and family


Name: Jacolyn Wishart Fleury

Date: January 14, 2017

Message: I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a remarkable woman and will be missed dearly. May God bless and give you and your family the strength and his guidance during this most difficult time.


Jacolyn, Dave and David

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