Hazel Ione Foreman Friestad

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.


  1. Verla Swearingin on July 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

    To the family of Hazel: as the staff member of The Presbyterian Church in Fremont responsible for hiring Nursery Attendants, it was a pleasure having her caring for our little ones. She was always dependable and loving. Blessings for you in your loss and grief.
    Verla Swearingin, Lincoln NE

  2. Lisa Hickman on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Drew & I really enjoyed Hazel. Everytime we saw her she was always so cheerful. She will be missed.

  3. Orville Mengedoht on June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    The Mengedohts of Fremont send our condolences.Hazel and our mother Ethel were great friends when she lived in fremont.She will always be remembered

  4. barbara strong on June 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I met Hazel in 1978. She was a neighbor to me for years.She was a mother to me ever since. We talked daily did things together all the time. we shared cookie our little poodle, she baby sat for our youngest child. I didn’t trust just any one to watch her. I loved her and missed her after she moved away.She was a wonderful person and will be missed by every one that knew her. Love you Hazel!

  5. Mike Fenton on June 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I really enjoyed getting to know Hazel. What a talker. Pastoral visits with her were a lot of fun. I really enjoyed her stories. She was so helpful in many little favors she did for me with church work like mailing birthday cards and copying CDs and DVDs for ministry. I am so thankful she didn’t suffer long. We will truly miss her!
    Love and Prayers
    Pastor Mike

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