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Hazel Catherine Christenson

July 7, 1917 - February 24, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Hazel Catherine Christenson

Hazel Catherine Christenson

Born: July 7, 1917
Died: February 24, 2021
Age: 103

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  Hazel Catherine Christenson, the daughter of Mathilde Jane and Joseph Hansen, was born July 7, 1917 in Rose Grove Township near Popejoy, Iowa.  Hazel graduated from Iowa State University, College of Home Economics, in 1937 and worked at the World’s Fair in Brooklyn, NY in 1939.  Hazel taught home economics in Albert City and Lake Center until she married Curtis Carl Christenson of Royal on July 19, 1942.  They met at the Cobblestone Ballroom in Storm Lake.

 Hazel and Curtis lived and worked on a farm south of Royal.  Hazel pursued lifelong interests in education and community service.  She maintained her home economics involvement through active participation in 4-H and Cooperative Extension programming.  In addition, she volunteered at the Royal Library and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  For many years, she enjoyed being an active member of the Federated Women’s Club and her bridge club.  Hazel enjoyed gardening, traveling, and seeing friends and family. 

 In 1997, Hazel and Curtis moved to Spencer where she enjoyed her new neighbors and friends.  Hazel was an enthusiastic and energetic woman with an outgoing person.  She was always interested in others, especially children.  Her spirit is captured well by a limerick from one of her grandsons celebrating her 100th birthday:

Our Hazel's a gregarious lass

Her vocal stamina none can surpass

All the folks on the street

Say "This lady's so sweet!"

Now if she'd only let passersby pass!

 Hazel passed away at St. Luke’s Lutheran Home in Spencer on February 24, 2021, at the age of 103.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Curtis, and her daughter Marcia Coles.  Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Brian and his wife Mary, Susan and her husband Mark Mahoney, and Steven and his wife Lisa.  She is survived by 8 grandchildren (Peter Coles, David Coles, Andrew Christenson, Megan Christenson, Katie Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Matthew Christenson, and Nicholas Christenson) and 5 great grandchildren (Coralie Hazel Coles, Ira Coles, Solomon Coles, Thora Oszkay-Coles, and Maxwell Mahoney) and a host of family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Royal, St. Luke Lutheran Home, in Spencer; and Royal Public Library, in Royal.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the the caregivers at St. Luke Lutheran Home, Hazel's nieces and friends who have taken good care of Hazel over the years.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.


Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:27 PM
“Your parents and my parents were good family friends. I remember going out to your farm house and Hazel was always so welcoming. No matter how old they are, it's still hard to lose them. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God give you peace.”
- Donnis Eninger Stugart
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“To Brian, Susan, and Steve
Your mother was a wonderful person. She lived her life fully and she enjoyed so many opportunities. She was the last of that generation in our family. To me, that is sad. I look forward to celebrating her.

- Chris Chanberlain
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“Grandma Hazel will be missed. I have so many fond memories shared with her from the farm and fields of northwest Iowa. She loved to share the beauty and bounty of the farm with her family and grandchildren. Picking raspberries and mulberries with my brother from the shovel of the tractor, making pickles, looking for Iowa prairie flowers and playing with kittens are some of my most cherished memories with her. Her healthy farm lifestyle and active mind lead to a wonderfully long life filled with friends and family. Rest In peace Grandma. ”
- Katie Mahoney
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“Hazel will be very missed. She was a very special person. We alway enjoyed our get togethers with your family. She was a great hostess and good at any project she took on. You children were fortunate to have her and I'm certain as the sadness fades the wonderful memories will prevail. June Mattila
- June Mattila
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“Grandma Hazel,

We miss you so dearly. I feel so blessed that you were able to meet your great grandchildren Solomon, Ira, and Coralie Hazel. Coralie takes after your "vocal stamina," that's for sure! For my entire life you have been nothing but kind, energetic, proud of us, and deeply engaged every moment we spent together. And I am so grateful that you raised your amazing daughter Marcia who was a wonderful mother. We will always remember all our visits to the farm, Spencer, and later to St Lukes where you never failed to defeat me in Bananagrams. May you, Curtis, and Marcia reunite and get back to farming in the sky! Love, Peter, Jen, Coralie, Ira, Solomon.”
- Peter C and Family
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 3:37 PM
“I was sorry to hear of Hazel's passing. She was quite a character! I enjoyed helping her in her home.”
- Phyllis Petersen
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:57 AM
“Will always remember Hazel as a family friend. She and Curtis and my parents had fun times together. Hazel always made me feel good when I visited her....she seemed happy to see me. She was always so generous with her goodies...never wanted me to leave empty handed. She would share thimgs about about her family that she obviously adored. Thoughts are with you all! ”
- Dianne Eninger Binder
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:56 AM
“What a legacy of a lifetime spanning 103 years. The limerick is so wonderful. Hazel's children used to bring her into Arts on Grand to see the exhibits and to talk with me, because I am the granddaughter of Emil Lindgren and connected to Marathon area families. My mother-in-law Alice Schar taught in the Greenville, Rossie, Royal school system from the 60's to 1981 and knew the Christenson family. So we had lots of folks connected to the area and Hazel always remembered stories to share with me about extended family and old friends. Quite a lady. My thoughts are with the family during this time. ”
- Joanne Schar
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:56 AM
“Hazel was quite a force as I remember growing up just a mile North with lots of stories. The farm life was wonderful with the Christensen's families doing lots for the community. Our Deepest sympathy to all of the family. Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur Milford IA ”
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6:05 PM
“Hazel was quite a force! She was so interesting and had so much to tell me. I loved when she wrote to me in California, and told me about all of her children and grandchildren, because I didn’t grow up in Iowa so didn’t know the family too well. My mother, Phyllis Underwood, loved to visit Curtis and Hazel. She said they always treated her the warmest of any of her relatives. (Curtis was her first cousin). She always told me how impressed she was by Hazel’s memory and fine intelligence. Hazel was very fortunate to leave such a great legacy in all those of her wonderful and accomplished family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.”
- Melodie Smulders
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:02 PM
“Sympathy to her family. She was an interesting conversationalist on a wide selections of subjects and will be missed.”
- Myra Coover
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 3:27 PM
“My american mother , Hazel , will live forever in our hearts . She was a strong and lovely woman . May God bless her soul . ”
- Angela Trigueiro
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:22 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to all of the family and we will keep all of you in our prayers. Hazel was a unique neighbor. Growing up next door to her and her family, sharing rides, playing together as youngsters and the many, many stories we all have to tell about our experiences. Leon and Annabel (Paulsen) Wagner”
- Leon and Annabel (Paulsen) Wagner
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:55 AM
“Remembering our beloved Hazel and her many remarkable qualities. She will continue to live in our hearts and minds.
Nancy and Floyd Romslo”
- Nancy and Floyd Romslo
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Hazel was a wonderful sweet lady who was a joy being around. May God wrap his arms around her family

Hazel was a wonderful sweet lady who was a joy being around. May God wrap his arms around her family and give them peace . She will be missed.
- Shirley and Denny Johanson
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“To Hazels family:
We loved reading the limerick above which did describe the Hazel we knew very well! Growing up as neighbors, I have many fun stories to share, of Hazel’s spirit, her friendliness and of course, her generosity as a neighbor! Certainly we spent many times sharing rides to and from church and 4-h events.... so great conversations were had! I suspect Hazel never met a stranger! Our prayers to your family that you may feel lifted and supported in this difficult time by the love and care of family and friends, memories of good times shared and your faith in a loving God. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy in all of you.
David and Jane Kruse”
- David and Jane Christensen Kruse
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“Beauty lies in the life that one has lived, as in the long and productive life of Hazel, but a greater beauty is the hope we have in God’s promises. So with hearts filled with sadness may we remember Hazel as that smiling light, that glimmer of encouragement, that shining example of caring that touched the lives of so many throughout her years. She will long be remembered, not only by family and friends but also by God who extends His wonderful promises to all. John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:11, 29 My condolences to her family.”
- Mrs. Manny
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“Brian and all, we are so very sorry to hear about Hazel! She was a fascinating smart lady!!! All the stories we have heard are just as funny! Just a marvelous woman! Hold tight to your great memories and let God guide you through this! We are thinking of you all!”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
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