Hazel Stewart

Hazel Stewart

Hazel E. Stewart of Plainwell, MI passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 at her home. Hazel was born March 26, 1944 in Aberdeen, WA, the daughter of Clarence and Opal (Sweeny) Wells. Hazel enjoyed Bingo, sewing, quilting, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She believed material possessions are just things, but family and friends are priceless. Hazel was a two time cancer survivor. She worked over 20 years in construction with her husband and sons and did factory work, most recently as a quality control inspector at Allegan Metal Finishing, retiring in 2008.

On February 14, 1968 in Allegan, she married Bud Stewart, who preceded her in death in 2009. She was also preceded in death by a son, James “Pork” Stewart; a granddaughter, Athena Holly; her parents, Clarence & Opal Wells; 3 sisters, Marge Martin, Doris Edison and Donna Lambert.

She is survived by her children, Elmer (Deana) Holly of NC, Sharon (Wayne) Youtzy of Elkhart, IN, Naomi (Horace) Bryant of Plainwell, Larry (Trish) Holly of Kalamazoo, Richard “Rick” Stewart of Otsego, Theron “Punk” Stewart of Plainwell, Kim (Charles) Steele of Kalamazoo, Bud (Sam) Stewart of FL, Jamie (Mary) McDole and Loretta (Don) Wheeler of Otsego; 34 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Tonya Stewart; her siblings, Joyce (Richard) Koch of Shannon, GA, David Wells of FL, Dale (Margaret) Wells of Plainwell, Orrin “Ben” Wells of Martin and Albert Wells of Lincoln, NB; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet with the family Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 11:00 AM, Pastor Kent Frens officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Tony Sheely says:

    May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. …

    God looked around his garden
    And found an empty place,
    He then looked down upon the earth
    And saw your tired face.
    He put his arms around you
    And lifted you to rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful
    He always takes the best.
    He knew that you were suffering
    He knew you were in pain.
    He knew that you would never
    Get well on earth again.
    He saw the road was getting rough
    And the hills were hard to climb.
    So he closed your weary eyelids
    And whispered, ‘Peace be Thine’.
    It broke our hearts to lose you
    But you didn’t go alone,
    For part of us went with you
    The day God called you home

  2. Jennifer Oisten says:

    Our condolences to Hazels family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Jennifer Oisten & Joan Hale

  3. Marie Krebs says:

    We have never been a wealthy family, but today we are so much poorer as we acknowledge the loss of Aunt Hazel. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to our extended family in this time of loss. I know today she is in heaven in the arms of her Savior, our LORD JESUS. Among many of my favorite memories of Hazel was the sight of her sitting at mom’s bedside, caring for her as she was passing away last March. She was tending to mom in spite of the fact that she herself was already so very ill. That’s just the kind of loving, generous heart we knew her for. We know that just as her loved ones that are in Heaven was there to greet her, she will be in Heaven ready to greet us with her beautiful smile. We will miss her.
    Marie (Denise) Krebs and Family

  4. Jamie Lambert says:

    I didn’t know aunt Hazel that well I first met her when grandma went into the hospital for colon cancer. So the little that I did know of her was that she was a sweet woman and was always there for grandma. And now she is at peace. Back with grandma.

  5. Cyndi Murray says:

    I am really sad to know tahat she died. Thank you for posting and sharing the pieces of information.

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