|Hazel Stromsmoe, 98|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Hazel Marie Stromsmoe of Thief River Falls, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Valley Home, where she had resided for the past two years, at the age of 98 years and 15 days. May her memory be blessed.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 5, at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Casket bearers included Clarence Bedenbaugh, Andrew Dow, Murray Dow, Brandon Nelson, Cory Nelson and Joshua Nelson. Honorary casket bearers included Brody Dow, Tom Elgin, Warren Hanestad, Everett Nelson, J.T. Nelson, Darrell Rude and Carl Gustafson. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Hazel was born on June 15, 1913 in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Canada, the third child of Leona (Dowhower) and Charles Elgin. In 1919, her family returned to Badger, where she graduated from the eighth grade. Although the Elgin family also lived briefly in Spooner, and St. Joseph, Mo., the Badger farm was always considered home.
On June 15, 1937 (her 24th birthday), Hazel was united in marriage to Garlin M. Stromsmoe, of rural Nielsville. Together, they owned and operated the Lakewood Hotel in Williams for eight years, then moved to East Grand Forks, until finally settling in Thief River Falls in December 1953.
Hazel worked at Oakland Park Nursing Home on the dietary staff for 22 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Garlin; her parents; brothers Herl, Clifford, Lewis and Wayne; sisters, Ethel Carlson and Eunice Gansauge; sister-in-law, Margaret Elgin Copes; and brothers-in-law, Carl B. Carlson, Orlin Gansauge and George Hanestad.
She is survived by her daughters, Gail (Murray) Dow of Louisville, Kent., and Diane (Clarence) Bedenbaugh of Clarkston, Mich.; four grandsons: Cory Nelson of Arlington Heights, Ill., Brandon (Lisa) Nelson of Sawyer, Mich., Joshua Nelson of Chicago, Ill., and Andrew (Kristi) Dow, of Louisville, Kent.; six great-grandchildren: Sophia, Mina and Everett Nelson, J.T. Nelson, Karleigh and Brody Dow; two sisters, Rema Hanestad of Thief River Falls and Donna (Carl) Gustafson of Aberdeen, S.D.; sister-in-law, Eunice Elgin of Mesa, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Helen Peterson.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.
Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.