With deep sorrow, her loving family announces the passing of Hazel Steele on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007.
Hazel was born in 1918 to Mary and William Harnett in Alsask, Sask., where she lived until 1933, then moved with the family to Fort Frances, Ont.
Hazel enrolled in Grade 10 at the high school, graduated from Grade 13 in 1937, and then completed a special commercial course which led to several years of employment as a bookkeeper.
Hazel was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Mary; four brothers, Fred, Sam, John, and George; and two sisters, Stella (Clark) and Carrie (Beechinor).
She is survived by her husband Mal; son, Raymond and wife, Johan, and daughter, Trudie and her husband, Dennis LeBlanc; sister, Ruby (Prouten); five grandchildren, Jana, David, and Michael Steele, Sarah (Vass), and Scott LeBlanc; and four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Paul, and Erica (Steele), and Amarah Hasham.
Also surviving are several dearly-loved nieces and nephews and their families.
As a young lady, Hazel enjoyed sports like softball, curling, and cross-country skiing, and other activities like dancing and bridge, which she continued in her senior years with friends who were very important in her life.
In 1941, Hazel married Malverne Steele, a local school teacher—a loving marriage which lasted 66 years and enriched by the birth of their son, Raymond, and daughter, Trudie, the pride and joy of their parents’ lives.
These children entered into a life of love, laughter, kindness, generosity, and parents deeply involved in their thoughts and activities. They were delighted by Mother’s wonderful baking, knitting, and crocheting, and enjoyed boating, swimming, picking berries, and fishing with her at their summer home on Rainy Lake.
Like flowers planted in fertilized soil, they blossomed into very successful adults.
Both children were baptized in the Knox United Church, where Hazel sang in the choir for several years, made an impressive contribution to the Young Women’s Society, and participated in several church events.
In 1990, she and Mal moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. to be closer to their daughter, Trudie, living there, and their son, Raymond, in Niagara Falls, both of whom were delighted to have more frequent access to their loving, kind-hearted, generous, and caring Mother.
Their thoughts of her leaving are “God took her home—it was His will, and in our hearts, she liveth still.”
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Church in Thunder Bay, with Rev. Randy Boyd officiating.
At her request, Hazel was cremated and a private internment of her remains will take place in Fort Frances at a later date.
In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, in memoriam donations to Trinity Church or a charity of your choice will be deeply appreciated.