Hazel Mary Kromrey of St. Croix Falls, died peacefully Dec. 7, 2019, sitting in her favorite chair and enjoying her beautiful Christmas tree. She was 88.
She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Amery to Peter and Mary Fredrickson, the youngest of seven loving older brothers whom she adored.
Hazel attended Polk County Normal after high school where she received her teaching certificate. She started teaching in a two room school in Cedar Lake at 19 years of age. After having children of her own, she began teaching at Osceola Elementary School while also completing her education at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She retired after 25 years of teaching in Osceola.
Hazel marveled in God’s creation; she loved to sit and be in the wildlife teeming around her modest home in St. Croix Falls. She could often be found in her rocking chair gazing at the abundance of birds out her picture window, never far from her bird book in case some species unbeknownst to her flew down and graced her many bird feeders. This peace was only disturbed by the occasional presence of a black bear, which Hazel would chase away with a broom despite her small frame and to her children’s dismay. She loved to garden, read and dance. Her flowers were her pride and joy. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially playing cards with her brothers.
Hazel joined her late husband, John Kromrey, as well as her parents, brothers and sister in heaven.
She is survived by her son, Jim Lund and his children, Jeff and Brandon; her daughter, Margie (Scott) Roush and their children, Melissa and Brody; her daughter, Julie Lund; her daughter, Diane (Mike) Tinney and their children, Joseph, Cory and Breanna; and her four beautiful great-grandchildren, Jacob, John, Justin, Abby, Emma, Hawkins and Nash.
A Memorial Service was held Dec. 14 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Dresser. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Garfield Township. Donations may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church Youth Fund.
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” – Isaiah 40:31