Hazel Vasecka

Hazel Vasecka, 95, of Little Falls passed away October 11, 2016 at Diamond Willow in Little Falls. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Oct. 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls.

Burial was at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. 

Arrangements were by Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.

Hazel was born to Donald and Alice Buckingham on October 17, 1920, in Crow Wing Township, Hubbard County. She attended country school through the eighth grade. After graduating from Park Rapids High School, she attended one year of normal teacher training. She accepted her first teaching position at the age of 17 in the rural school District #40, Wadena County and continued her 40 year teaching career at the Motley and Verndale Public schools, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1979. She was an accomplished seamstress, quiltmaker, gardener and baker. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples where she served in the Mission Group and chaired the funeral lunch committee for many years. She has been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls for the past 20 years. She was a member of MEA, NEA and the VFW Auxiliary. She  enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Hazel is survived by two  daughters, Peggy (Charlie) Martin of Little Falls and Deb (Chuck) Schey of Lake Shore; two sisters, Dorothy Huggett of Portland, OR and Laura Burton of Embarrass; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard J.; one son, Bernard; one daughter, Patricia Madzo; two brothers, Donald and Robert and four sisters, Gladys, Esther, Norma and Bertha.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to Unity Family Hospice, MN State Services for the Blind and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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