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Hazel Clare (Moreland) Cassell

Rolling Hills Estates

"A full and interesting life" is the phrase heard again and again when friends and family lovingly remember Hazel. Born April 8, 1915, in Dyersville, IA, she was the eldest daughter of Harry and Mary Rose Moreland, now decreased. The family moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where Hazel's passion for music and art emerged. After attending college for degrees in art and French, her first job was as an elementary teacher; later she continued her education for her Master's. In the 1940s, she decided to make the journey cross country and start a new life in Los Angeles where, she said, she was the luckiest woman in the world to find the love of her life in fellow adventurer, Naval Cmdr. Marion Cassell.

She landed a job working for the founders of MGM in the golden era of Hollywood, where she became involved with script writing and behind-the-scenes film production support. Hazel considered herself fortunate to know well many of the larger-than-life stars of the period.

Hazel was an accomplished artist, and continued with both painting and music as her busy life would allow. After her marriage to Marion in 1955, they became world travelers, crisscrossing the globe on ships, trains and planes. Between the international destinations were frequent trips throughout North America.

After the passing of her beloved Marion, Hazel's later life was filled with friends, managing her stock portfolio and enjoying her favorite lunch spots. Hazel passed away at home on January 2, 2015, in her 100th year of life.

Hazel is survived by Maureen Knepper, Marion, IA (sister); Gary Knepper, Gresham, OR (nephew); Gayle Knepper, Anchorage, AK (niece) and Marylou Christian, San Pedro, CA (niece). She was also preceded in death by her sister, Harriett Bosler.

A funeral service for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 11:00 am, at A.M. Gamby Mortuary on Narbonne Avenue in Lomita, and a private internment service is scheduled at Riverside National Cemetery.

Contributions requested in lieu of flowers or remembrances to The Midnight Mission and Catholic Relief Services.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 20, 2015
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