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Sutcliffe, Hazel Louise Kemerling Duffendack Co-Founder Husky Corporation, Manufacturer. Born January 26, 1918; died June 5, 2013, at age 95 surrounded by her family. Hazel was born in Joplin, Missouri to Methodist Minister Reverend Omer B. Duffendack and Nell Thornton Duffendack. She was raised in the church, participating in plays and readings which she loved. Hazel attended Kansas City Institute of Art, Washington University, and graduated from Harris Teachers College after which she taught school. Hazel met Grenville Sutcliffe by chance. He was fresh off the road, hitch-hiking from New York City to St. Louis to visit a friend. He found himself in the back pew of her church where he became mesmerized by the articulate and beautiful Hazel who was giving a reading in front of the congregation. A courtship ensued and they were married in Clayton, Missouri in 1942. After Grenville returned from serving in WWII, they started a family having Grenville, Marynell, Joan, and Carol. They dearly loved their children; but almost as much, they loved their succession of Samoyed husky dogs after which they named the company they started together - Husky Corporation. Initially, Hazel cooked their invention of scuff guards for gasoline nozzles, in her oven while Grenville sold them from his station wagon accompanied by their huskies. Hazel was a pioneer in the oilequipment industry, co-managing the corporation in an era when female business executives were rare. She obtained multiple patents, did all of the advertising artwork, and ran the day-to-day operations of the St. Louis-based firm. With her dearly loved husband Grenville, and later children and grandchildren, they grew the family business to become an international leader in the oilequipment industry. Hazel accomplished all of this while remaining focused on the well-being of their children, holding leadership positions in the church and community. She was incredibly generous, kind, and caring. Hazel brought light into the lives of everyone she knew. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Grenville in 2002. Surviving Hazel are her four children - Grenville Sutcliffe, Marynell Bay, Joan Sutcliffe, and Carol Tegethoff, their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Grace & Peace Women's Shelter, 5574 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112, or the . Services: A Memorial Service will be held on July 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Meramec Bluffs, 1 Meramec Bluffs Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 16, 2013
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