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Hazel Einspahr

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Hazel Einspahr

Hazel Bertha Einspahr, 94, of Sioux Falls, SD, began her journey into the spirit world on December 9, 2015 after celebrating her birthday. Hazel was born to John and Iva Headrick on December 8, 1921 in Sterling, Co. and she spent the first half of her life in the Colorado area and the rest of her life in the Mission, SD and Todd County area. Hazel is the oldest of nine children and has one surviving sister, Isabell Amen of Sterling, CO, and a brother, Richard Headrick and his wife Lucy of Carlsbad, CA.

Hazel had a life-time love of music, and played the piano and viola in her high school orchestra. She also enjoyed playing cards, board games and dice games with family and friends. Throughout her life, Hazel worked as a waitress and as a seamstress. She loved to sew and helped many high school girls mend and sew their cheerleading uniforms, made wedding dresses and other apparel that brought smiles and appreciation for the gift that Hazel generously gave.

Hazel had a very generous heart and loved visiting with people, sharing a joke or a story and often gave gifts of many different craft items she sewed or made. Hazel made many lasting friends and often kept in touch writing letters, cards and notes. She treasured the card, letters, post cards and pictures she received in return.

Hazel loved the beautiful Badlands, majestic Black Hills and the plains around Todd County. Her true appreciation and love of wildlife and nature led to her and her family to become rock hunters for our state's gem the Fairburn Agate in the Veda Beds near Kadoka and other rock beds in the Badlands area. Both she and her husband, Everett proudly displayed their collection of agates and other fossils around and throughout their home. Many times visitors and friends who admired pieces of their collection were given one as a gift of friendship.

As a daughter of a WWI veteran and survivor of the Great Depression, Hazel demonstrated her pride in America by contributing to various organizations that helped families and children in need, supported veterans and protected our environment. She was active in the political process of electing local and national political candidates who shared her vision of God and country.

Hazel's faith and love for our Lord was very strong. She always found love, beauty, and peace in everything and everyone. She looked forward to the day when she would be reunited with the Lord and her departed loved ones who await her after her passing. She was an avid reader and daily read her Bible, hymnals and enjoyed books written by Billy Graham and Norman Vincent Peale. Hazel spent her last several years in Flandreau, SD and finally resided at Bethany Lutheran Home where she was embraced by a caring, loving staff that she considered her extended family. She made lasting friendships in both Flandreau and at Bethany. The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany for the wonderful care that she and the family received while she resided at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Hazel is survived by her children: Bonnie (Larry) Einspahr, Hot Springs, SD: Larry (Pat) Cossey, Selah, WA; Kathy (Art) War Bonnet, Flandreau, SD and Carol Hurley of Gilbert, AZ. Hazel has 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Hazel's life is being planned for the summer of 2016.

Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, SD is in charge of handling funeral arrangements.


Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 13, 2015
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