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Hazel M. (Schwendemann) Jergenson

October 29, 1926 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Hazel Jergenson Obituary

Hazel Jergenson, age 97 of Glenwood died Saturday, December 16, 2023 at her home in Parkview Court, under the care of her family and Glacial Ridge Hospice. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 22nd at Glenwood Lutheran Church with Rev. Krista Lee officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the church's website: glenwoodlutheran.com. Visitation will be Thursday, December 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.  

Hazel Marie Schwendemann Jergenson, the daughter of Herman and Gladys (Cramlett) Schwendemann was born on October 29, 1926, in Kildare Township, Swift County, Minnesota. As the eldest sibling, Hazel often helped care for her younger brothers and sisters. Hazel's early education began in country school followed by Glenwood High School, where she graduated from in 1945. On September 26, 1945, Hazel married the love of her life, Francis Jergenson.  After marrying, she and Francis settled in a cozy house on a farm near where they grew up, in Rolling Forks Township, Pope County, Minnesota. There, they raised their son, Danny Lee, and daughter, Shelby Jean, instilling in them the values of hard work and family. Hazel was an active member of the farm, driving tractors and trucks, preparing meals, and tending to the chickens and cows with a nurturing hand. She was a partner in every sense, working tirelessly alongside Francis to raise their family and manage their farming operations. Along with farming, Hazel and Francis enjoyed dancing, whether it be square, polkas or waltz. The couple also enjoyed snowmobiling.

In May 1982, Hazel and Francis made the move to Glenwood, where they began a well-deserved retirement from farming in September 1983. Retirement brought new opportunities for enjoyment, as the couple spent time fishing, traveling, and working for the Barsness campground. Hazel and Francis shared 48 years of marriage before, Francis passed away.

Hazel also found joy in creative pursuits. Her hands were rarely still, as she delighted in sewing, crafting Barbie doll clothes, making beautiful dresses and cross-stitching. She also enjoyed watching her bird feeders, especially the hummingbirds that came to visit.   

Hazel's love for family sports was evident as she cheered on her loved ones during football games, wrestling matches, volleyball, basketball, and baseball games. She was also a proud spectator at many parades featuring her great-granddaughter, Carly, and Carly’s mother, Teresa. Hazel's culinary skills were excellent especially when it came to preparing Scandinavian treats. Her rosettes, lefse, krumkakes, and even lutefisk for Francis were not just food; they were expressions of her heritage and love. Her family was excited for the holidays to eat her famous meatballs. Her kitchen was the heart of the home, where warmth, laughter, and the aroma of delicious food welcomed all who entered.

Hazel's resilience was most evident in the way she held her family together through the loss of her beloved husband Francis, who passed away in 1993, her son Danny Lee in 1998, and her daughter Shelby Jean in 2004. Despite these profound losses, Hazel remained a touchstone of strength, her German heritage shining through in her ability to maintain composure and provide comfort to those around her.

Hazel is survived by her grandchildren: Chad (Teresa) Jergenson, David (Dennis Otremba) Jergenson, Jarrid Jergenson, Jessica (Felix) Chacon, Vanessa (Carlos Diaz) Morris and Garrett Morris; brother, Leo (Ione) Schwendemann; sister, Bettyann Van Luik; sister-in-law, Verla Schwendemann; great-grandchildren: Jaeger, Dylan, Carly, Sunniva, Soren and Thor Jergenson, Bailee, Madison, Daven Atencio and Benjamin and Nayeli Diaz; daughter-in-law, Gwen (Wes) Hanvy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Danny Lee Jergenson; daughter, Shelby Jean Morris; sister, Florance Roush; brothers Roy and LaVerne Schwendemann and brothers-in-law, Owen Roush and Rueben Van Luik.

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December 21, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Glenwood Chapel
122 First Ave NE
Glenwood, MN 56334

December 22, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Glenwood Lutheran Church (Glenwood)

Memorial Service
December 22, 2023

11:00 AM
Glenwood Lutheran Church (Glenwood)

Interment following funeral service
December 22, 2023

Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery
memorial drive
Glenwood, MN 56334


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