Munson-Lovetere Funeral Homes, Inc.Obituary provided by
Jean Haestad, 84, died peacefully at her home in Washington, CT on
January 1, 2014. She was the loving wife of Roald “Ralph” Haestad who
passed away 7 months ago.
Born in Rockville Centre, NY in 1929,
she met the one and only love of her life, Ralph Haestad shortly after
graduating from Centenary Junior College. They were married in 1952 and
from that day forward were never apart.
She was the Business
Manager of Roald Haestad, Inc. Civil Engineering (RHI) which she
co-founded with her husband in 1971. RHI quickly gained a reputation for
very high quality work and innovative engineering which remains the
hallmark of the firm to this day.
As an early adopter of computer
technology in the early 1970s, she was a pioneer in the design,
development, and application of time and cost accounting and management
software which gave their firm an early edge. Jean’s daughter Randi
Haestad Hoffman assumed Jean’s responsibilities at RHI upon her mother’s
retirement in 2010.
Located in Waterbury, CT, Roald Haestad,
Inc. (RHI) is well known and highly regarded for many significant public
works engineering projects throughout New England including
investigations, studies, reports, design through construction of major
water supply and distribution projects, dams, sewerage projects,
drainage, roadways and bridges, structures, soil analysis, and
Mrs. Haestad was an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) and a lifetime member of the American Water Works
Second only to her love for her husband and
family, Jean loved to work in her office and in her gardens. She
travelled the world with her husband for their business to gain insights
into major infrastructure projects for the benefit of their clients.
She was very active in the Washington Club in the 1960s, and she was a
talented home decorator and needlework artist who taught her daughters
amazing skills in sewing and needle-craft from an early age. In her
youth she was an avid outdoorswoman who spent her summer days in the
Catskills. She was as talented with a rifle and a fishing pole as she
was with a knitting needle.
Jean leaves behind her beloved
children, Randi Hoffman and her husband Ted; Cynthia Sauerwald and her
husband Chuck; John Haestad and his wife Aubin. She is also survived by
her seven grandchildren, Kristi Dobbs, Justin Fore, Jace Haestad, Jaime
Haestad Cash, Jessie Haestad, Sara Haestad, and Tyler Hoffman, and four
great grandchildren, Maia and Logan Dobbs, and Samantha and Danielle
Very special thanks to the wonderful caregivers from Northwest Homecare,
Inc. and the New Milford VNA nurses who made her final days
Jean’s family will gratefully receive visitors at her memorial gathering
to be held at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School
St, on Friday January 10, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.