Hazel Marie (Roettger) RichardsonHazel Marie (Roettger) Richardson, 97, of Cloquet.
Hazel Marie (Roettger) Richardson, 97, of Cloquet, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother awoke in the likeness of her Lord and Savior on May 13, 2013 She accepted Him as her personal Savior at the age of four and lived her entire life in the palm of His hands with dignity and grace.
Hazel was born on Oct. 18, 1915 in Arcola, Minn., to Theodore and Alda (Chasteen) Roettger, the fifth of six children.
They moved to the Ashland, Wis., area when she was a teenager. Her life was continually filled with taking care of people and their needs. She started her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ashland, Wis. She later seized an opportunity to become the Administrator of the Butler Maternity Hospital in the 1950’s in Cloquet, Minn., before the Cloquet Community Hospital was built. She delivered many babies in those days. After the Butler Hospital closed when the Cloquet Community Hospital was opened, she went on to become a Nursing Home Administrator for several different nursing homes. During the 1960’s she was the Administrator for the Baldwin Nursing Home in Baldwin, Wis., until it’s closing in the early 70’s. She then moved back to Ashland, Wis., where she bought a large two-story home and converted it into an adult foster-care home. She lived with and cared for physically and mentally challenged adults that could not live alone. She loved each of them dearly planning picnics, parties, spending time on the shores of Lake Superior and many other adventures. When she finally had to retire, her caring, loving and gentle spirit did not allow her to sit idly by.
She participated in the Bay Area Literary Council’s program teaching people to read, refinished antique furniture for the Ashland museum, and became a companion for a number of elderly people that needed a friend.
Through the years she was also a foster mother to a number of children, loving them as her own. Her life was the epitome of God’s commandment that we are to live our lives to love and serve others. She returned to Cloquet, Minn., to live closer to her family in the fall of 2002. Her passions were “her Lord”, family, anyone in need, antiques, playing Scrabble, hunting for agates, concretions and old bottles, camping, gardening and her dog, Toi. She was truly the matriarch of a large and loving family, setting an example for all those that crossed her life. Her greeting upon reaching heaven’s shores had to have been, “Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant”. What a comfort it is to know she is sitting at the feet of Jesus.
She was preceded in death by her son, Willard (Eddie) Richardson; granddaughter Lori Hilinski; great great granddaughter Abigail Rose Homstad; her parents, sisters Myrtle Clark, Gladys Bierl, Evelyn Linton, Pearl Hagane, and brother Melvin Roettger.
Hazel is survived by son, Marvin (Verna) Richardson, Middleburg, Fla.; daughters Anne (Richard) Hilinski, Esko, Minn., Carolyn Babb, Houston, Texas; foster daughter, Vicki Schnepp, Duluth; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren and two more on the way. She also has three foster grandchildren and six foster great grandchildren.
SERVICE: 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 in the Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Avenue, Cloquet, Minn. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at the Ashland Mount Hope Cemetery, Ashland, Wis. To leave an online condolence for Hazel’s family, please visit www.handevidtfh.com. Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, 879-4636.
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