Hazel M. Smith, 90, died on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at the CNC Unit of Northwest Medical Center in the Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, January 10, 2003 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Reverend Paul Knutson officiating. Burial will be in St. Olaf Cemetery, Valley Township, Marshall County, MN.
Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 9, 2003 at the Johnson-Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls, MN with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service on Thursday evening and at the church for one hour prior to services.
Hazel M. Pappa was born on July 17, 1912 in Ross Township, Montrail County, North Dakota, the daughter of William Albert and Bessie O. (Haagensgaard) Pappa. She was baptized and confirmed in Ross, ND and attended High School in Ross. Following High School she attended Teacherâs Training in Minot, ND.
On September 19, 1931 Hazel was united in marriage to Thomas Reed Smith in Stanley, ND. Following their marriage the couple moved 10 miles Northeast of Fourtown, MN until 1937 when they moved to Benville Township, near Grygla, MN. Hazel moved to Valley Home in 1991 and to CNC in 1994.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, gardening, flowers, knitting mittens for her grandchildren, playing cards and playing Bingo.
Hazel was a Charter member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, #3858 since 1946.
Hazel is survived by her children: Bernice (Selmer) Askeland of Simms, MT, Ida (Arnold) Stanley of Grygla, MN, William (Irene) Smith of Grygla, MN, Helen (Cletus) Rein of St. Paul, MN, Eleanor (Kenneth) Carlson of St. Paul, MN, Roger Smith of Grygla, MN, Duane (Bettye) Smith of Kimball, NE, Dean Smith of Forest Lake, MN, Ralph (Pamela) Smith of Grygla, MN, Kaye (Dale âShortyâ) Wilkens of Grygla, MN, and Donna Smith of Warroad, MN; grandchildren: Sheila Crosmer, Cindy Thorsen, Gwen Stanley, Alison Stanley, Lori Lindsay, Gayle Wriskey, Andrea Smith, Nichole Glenn, Amy Nelson, Shawna Jelen, Jennifer Wilkens, Kevin Askeland, Craig Askeland, Eric Askeland, Todd Stanley, Brian Stanley, Trent Stanley, David Rein, Cletus Rein, Wes Smith, Clarence Smith, Scott Schramske, Robert Smith and Gary Wilkens; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; step grandchildren: Pamela Smith, Paulette Dougherty, Timothy Hermanson and Kurt Hermanson; one brother, Melvin Pappa of Stanley, ND; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, Marlene âPatâ Schramske; son, Ronald Smith; infant son, grandson Jeffrey Stanley; granddaughters Kathi Anne Smith and Julie Ann Rein; brother, Vernon Pappa; and sister, Ida Laukala.