Hazel Ione Foreman Friestad, 93, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away June 21, 2013 at Sharon Lane Health Services.
Hazel was born March 12, 1920 in Sheridan, IL, daughter of Allen and Mamie Foreman. She attended grade school in Sheridan and she graduated from Broadview Academy in LaGrange, IL. She worked as a domestic housekeeper and a funeral home assistant prior to her marriage. In 1942, Hazel and Joseph Mervin Friestad were married in Hannibal, MO. During the first three years of their marriage, Lloyd Bruce and Lorraine Kaye were born in Sandwich, IL and the following year, Lawrence Edmund was born in Ottawa Illinois. For the early years of their married life, they lived in Ottawa where they raised their three children. While her children were in grade school, Hazel worked in nursing homes as a nurses’ aide. In 1962, the family moved to Nebraska where Lloyd, Lorraine and Lawrence attended Union College in Lincoln. In 1971, Hazel and Joseph moved to Fremont, NE. Joseph passed away in 1988. For many years Hazel worked at the Presbyterian Church in Fremont providing child care during Sunday Services. In 2005, Hazel moved to Kansas City to live with her daughter, Lorraine.
Hazel was a life-long member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano, participating in church activities, knitting, and crocheting.
She is survived by her sons, Lloyd of Seattle, WA and Lawrence (Rosalea) of McCook, NE and Lorraine of Shawnee, Ks, granddaughter, Jean Friestad, Nevada, IA and her sister, Mavis Anderson, Newhall, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harold Foreman (in 2000).
Services will be held on July 5, 2013 in Lincoln, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Music Department, Union College, 3800 South 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.