Hazel C. Oikelmus

Loving mother and grandmother;
nursing assistant

FITCHBURG -- Hazel C. (Salo) Oikelmus, 93, died peacefully at home Tuesday, November 27, 2012, with her loving family at her bedside.

Hazel was born in Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 1919, the daughter of the late John and Senja (Moilanen) Salo, and has lived in Fitchburg most of her life. She graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1937, the first graduating class in the new high school.

Hazel was employed at Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg, as a nursing assistant for 20 years.

Hazel was a Cub Scout den mother, a former member of Eastern Star, and a former member of First Parish Church. She loved knitting and crocheting, board games and card games. She also loved reading, trips to Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, and long walks. She traveled extensively in the United States and abroad including a trip to Finland.

Hazel leaves her sons, James A. and Steven J. Oikelmus, both of Fitchburg; her daughters, Sharon E. Oikelmus of Bedford, N.H., Irene A. and Janice A. Oikelmus, both of Fitchburg.

She also leaves her grandson, Adam J. Bookhamer and granddaughter, Anna S. Turcotte.

Hazel's husband of 15 years, Arthur B. Oikelmus died March 18, 1965, and her brothers, Fred Salo Sr., and Francis Salo, and her sister, Selma Edell, also predeceased her.

OIKELMUS -- Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation time on Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 2:30 P.M. with a service to follow at 2:30 P.M. in the Bosk Funeral Home, 85 Blossom St. Burial will take place at a later date. Contributions in her name may be made to Health Alliance Hospice, 25 Tucker Drive, Leominster, MA 01453. boskfuneralhome.com

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 29, 2012