Christine Rosemarie Hagen, a native of Germany and a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, died of cancer on June 8 after being ill for about 10 years. She was 64.
She and Anthony Hagen, who survives, met in 1969 when she was working in London as an au pair for his uncle and aunt. They lived in Munich from 1970 to 1975, and for the next three years in Norway. In 1980 they moved to East Hampton, and to Sag Harbor the following year.
Born on July 12, 1948, in Hannover, to Ilse Bruedern and Olav Werkmeister. Mrs. Hagen grew up in Munich. Her childhood summers were spent by the North Sea, and later in life she would say she had wanted ever since to live in a seaside holiday community.
She lived very happily in Sag Harbor, taking great pleasure in decorating and gardening, sewing, making jewelry, going to yard sales, and bringing people — adults and, especially, children — together. An accomplished hostess, she frequently gave parties. To beat the winter blues, the Hagens had a regular breakfast “salon,” welcoming friends of many years’ standing and newer ones as well, every Sunday from New Year’s to Easter.
“Christine brought an entire magical community together in the village. She knew how to connect people and was the rock that everyone gravitated towards,” said one friend, Jill Musnicki.
Mrs. Hagen had a special passion for music. She frequently distributed mix-tapes (later, CDs) to friends, and supplied songs for her friend Carlos Lama’s radio show. “Christine had very eclectic taste in music, ranging from older jazz singers like Billie Holiday to English rock ’n’ roll from the late ’60s, to obscure bands from the 1990s, like King Missile. We joked that she was my ‘DJ in the closet,’ ” said Mr. Lama.
“Her greatest pleasure was her family,” said Mr. Hagen. “She loved raising her kids in Sag Harbor and immensely enjoyed her three grandchildren.”
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hagen leaves three children, Anna Koncelik of Sag Harbor and Jonas Hagen and Felix Hagen, both of New York City. Two granddaughters, a grandson, and a sister, Bettina Bruedern of Munich, survive as well, as do two stepsisters, Andrea Bruedern and Marie-José of Munich, and two stepbrothers, Conrad van de Loo of Munich and Jan van de Loo of Hamburg.
Mrs. Hagen was cremated. A memorial service is planned for September. The family has suggested memorial contributions in her name for East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.