Funeral services for Hazel M. Johnson, 97, were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. Interment will be in the Exira Cemetery in Exira. The casket bearers were her grandsons Kim Black, Brett Black, Scott Black, Nick Pross, Jon Parsons, Clint Schmidt, Chad Schmidt, Christian Schmidt, Cory Schmidt, Calen Schmidt, Chay Gust, Coby Gust, Erik Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson, and Steve Johnson. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
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Hazel Mildred Johnson, the daughter of John and Jesse Earl Wright, was born Feb. 4, 1915, at her parents' home in Atlantic, and died July 22, 2012, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, at the age of 97 years, 5 months, and 18 days.
Hazel was baptized at the Methodist Church in Atlantic, and also attended the Atlantic Community Schools.
On Oct. 13, 1931, she was united in marriage to Raymond C. Johnson in Maryville, Mo. Eight children were born to this union. Hazel was a homemaker raising their children. Later she did help Ray at their paint store and their café. The family enjoyed traveling to Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake for many years where Hazel loved to fish. Raymond died Jan. 19, 1992. Hazel resided in her home then moved to the Exira Care Center in May of 2002.
Hazel was a member of the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. Her greatest joy in life was raising her children and babysitting for her grandchildren and watching them grow.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Raymond C. Johnson; her children, an infant daughter Joyce Johnson and her son Charles Johnson; her sons-in-law Roland Black, Dennis Pross, and Steve McPherson; her grandson Jason Pross; her parents; and her brothers and sisters John and wife Elnora Wright, James and wife Vivian Wright, Walter and wife Opal Wright, Ruth and husband Bud Watson, Jesse (Sis) and husband Von Baetz, and Phyllis Hartman; and her brother-in-law Mark Johnson.
Survivors include her children Janice Black of Exira, Sandra and husband Ed Parsons of Audubon, Jane and husband Lanny Kite of Marne, Jackie Pross and Ralph Cleveland of Exira, Catherine and husband Craig Schmidt of Omaha, Neb., and John and wife Linda Johnson of Atlantic; her daughter-in-law Marlene Johnson of Pleasant Hill; 25 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her sister June Johnson of Council Bluffs, many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on July 27, 2012