Hazel M. Smith, 90, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at the CNC Unit of Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held on Smith, Hazel Friday, January 10 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla with Rev. Paul Knutson officiating. Joy Nordby was the organist and Jodi Schulz was the soloist. Casketbearers were Hazel’s grandsons. Honorary casketbearers were Hazel’s granddaughters and great great-grandchildren. Burial was in Saint Olaf Cemetery in Valley Township of Marshall County.
Hazel M. Pappa was born on July 17, 1912, the daughter of William Albert and Bessie O. (Haagensgaard) Pappa in Ross Township of Montrail County, N.D. She was baptized and confirmed in Ross, N.D. and attended high school in Ross. Following high school, she attended Teacher’s Training in Minot, N.D.
On September 19, 1931, Hazel was united in marriage to Thomas Reed Smith in Stanley, N.D. The couple lived northeast of Fourtown until 1937, when they moved to Benville Township, near Grygla. Hazel moved to Valley Home in 1991 and then to the CNC Unit in 1994.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, flowers, knitting mittens for her grandchildren, playing cards and playing bingo. She was a charter member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #3858 since 1946.
Survivors include her children, Bernice (Selmer) Askeland of Simms, Mont., Ida (Arnold) Stanley of Grygla, William (Irene) of Grygla, Helen (Cletus) Rein of St. Paul, Eleanor (Kenneth) Carlson of St. Paul, Roger of Grygla, Kaye (Dale “Shorty”) Wilkens of Grygla and Donna Smith of Warroad; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Pappa of Stanley, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Marlene “Pat” Schramske; a son, Ronald; an infant son; a grandson; two granddaughters; a brother, Vernon Pappa; and a sister, Ida Laukala.
Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky