Hazel Hereid

hazel hereid
Hazel Hereid, age 95 of New Hampton, Iowa passed away on August 9, 2022, at Westview Care Center in Indianola, IA. Hazel Magdalene was born on October 15, 1926 in her grandmother’s home in rural New Hampton. Hazel was the daughter of Attley and Millie Attleson. She had an exciting childhood and went to elementary school in Gays Mills, Wisconsin and moved to New Hampton in 1940 where she served as class president and graduated from New Hampton Community High School in 1944. After high school Hazel was off on an adventure to Washington DC to work in operations for the FBI. Because of WWII, there were many employment needs in DC. Hazel shared many stories about her adventures and opportunities there. Later, Hazel worked in Minneapolis and then returned to New Hampton where she met and later married (Oliver) Don Hereid. They were united in marriage on May 15, 1949, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in New Hampton. During her adult life Hazel was a great stay-at-home mom until her four children were in elementary school. Then she worked as a cook for the New Hampton Schools for 25 years; sharing way too many laughs in the kitchen with the other ladies!! Hazel was most happy when she was with family. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was very important. She went to sporting events, dance recitals, school music programs, graduations and even last year to a Homecoming parade. Throughout her life she spent time with her sisters, Mavis and Thelma. The three of them had daily coffee and many adventures, with Roger and Dony trying to keep up. Hazel’s hobbies included baking, sewing, quilting, her flower garden and in later life, reading and teaching her daughter Jan to cook. Hazel could always find a recipe to try! She enjoyed being with people and always had hot coffee and a treat ready when someone knocked on her door. Hazel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1948 and a long-time volunteer at the Carnegie Culture Center. She is survived by her three children: Jane (Denny) Whalen of Indianola, IA, Mark Hereid of Decorah, IA and Jan Hereid of Indianola, IA. Four grandchildren: Jeremy (Nicci) Whalen, Indianola, Erin (AJ) Freeberg, Indianola and Kelly Hereid (Matt Shelton), Oakland, CA and Mike Hereid (Stephanie Orbon), San Diego, CA. Eight great-grandchildren: Walker, Will and Maya Whalen and Crosby Freeberg of Indianola, Nora and Hugh Shelton, Oakland, CA and Marina and Jack Hereid, San Diego, CA; brother-in-law Roger Johnson, sister-in-law Ann Borlaug and brother-in-law-Paul (Lucy) Hereid of New Hampton; sisters-in law Ada Engstrom and Orrean Hereid of Minneapolis MN and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Hazel was proceeded in death by her husband Oliver Don, son Dony, daughter-in-law Jenny, her brothers Percival, Stanley and Orland Luther Attleson and her sisters Mavis Lang and Thelma Johnson. Also, brothers and sisters-in-law Carlton, Lowell (Pete) & Mavis, Merle & Adis, Harold Hereid, Mike Engstrom, Art Borlaug, Fritz Lang, Irene Attleson and Mary Attleson Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton IA, with burial following in the New Hampton Cemetery. The visitation will be held prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Hazel’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Carnegie Culture Center in New Hampton.

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  1. Hazel was truly one of a kind. She was always so kind to all of us “girls” and made sure we never left her house hungry. She put up with us all from high school until she moved to Indianola. We knew we were always welcome to stop at the “Hereid House”. Prayers go out to Jane, Jan and Mark and their families. You were blessed with a good one🌹

  2. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – New Hampton

  3. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Hazel was a remarkable lady with a radiant smile. She was always happy to catch up whenever we saw her. May you find comfort in all your wonderful memories of her.

  4. Although I don’t remember Hazel, it’s very possible I met her as a young girl. Pete Hereid was married to my Aunt Marilyn (Spek) Cutsforth. The Hereid Family has always had a special place in our hearts. My deepest Condolences during this time. Sincerely, Cathy Cutsforth-August (Dale & Pat).

  5. Condolences to Hazel’s family. She was a wonderful Christian woman with a great laugh and a love for life. Sweet lady that will be missed by so many! Jan Manson

  6. Dear Mark, My condolences on the passing of your Mom. God granted her length of days and I know you were there for her always. May Her Memory Be Eternal! Pete Pappas

  7. Deepest sympathy for your loss. Hazel was a wonderful woman, always a straight shooter and will be missed by many. Cherish the memories made. Much love, Tim & Denise Gebel

  8. Hazel’s good, good spirit was and is so strong. She remains a part of me. Love to the family. Juanita Andersen

  9. Jane, Denny, & Family, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to you all.

  10. What a special lady. I loved it when she came to our Mother/ daughter Christmas get together. Just one of the girls ❤️ Loved her. Jan Beane

  11. What a great lady. My sympathy to her family. Enjoyed working with Hazel at school and always fun to catch up with her.

  12. Aunt Hazel was a very special person in my life. So many memories of the Attleson girls getting together everyday for coffee! Thoughts and prayers to Jane, Mark and Janet…including extended families. The world has lost a. “Jewel”! Darrel Lang

  13. Our sympathy to Hazel’s family. Hazel was such a great gal. When we moved to New Hampton back in 1990 she was so friendly. When we would see her at a church service she always had time to visit and give us that great big smile. She has been missed. I will remember many great conversations with her. Fond memories will remain with all who knew her. She lived a long wonderful life.

  14. Mark and all of Hazels family my sympathy to you all,Hazel was a very special gal always had a smile when you saw her. Praying for you all. She lived a great life.

  15. We considered Hazel a friend. She was an interesting and upbeat woman. We planned to join you but we tested positive for Covid yesterday.

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