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With dignity and grace, Hazelle D. Larson, age 99, of Wilmot, SD, went home to our Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown, SD. She was the widow of Olvin Larson.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Wilmot Lutheran Church. Rev. Sheila Pohl will officiate, and burial will be at Wilmot Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mundwiler Faith Chapel in Wilmot and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Hazelle (Amdahl) Larson was born on January 29, 1920, at Ortley, SD. She was the daughter of Henry and Bessie (Nelson) Amdahl. Hazelle was baptized and confirmed at Lebanon Lutheran Church of rural Summit, SD.
Hazelle attended rural schools in Farmington and Blooming Valley Township and graduated from Summit High School in 1938. She continued her education by attending summer school at Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD. She had a love for learning. By taking extension courses and attending summer school in Madison and Aberdeen, she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught in rural schools near Summit and Wilmot for 15 years. She taught for 16 years for Wilmot Public School. She also worked in the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, WA, from 1944 to 1945.
Hazelle was united in marriage with Olvin Larson on September 9, 1939, at Ortonville, MN. She and Olvin celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1989 and observed their 65th wedding anniversary in 2004.
Hazelle and Olvin farmed together near Summit until 1945, then purchased a farm west of Wilmot where they resided until 1963. They moved one mile north of Wilmot and resided there until 2001 and then moved to Watertown.
Hazelle enjoyed her church activities in Wilmot and Watertown. She was an active member of the Wilmot Lutheran Ladies Aid, church circles, Altar Society, and she taught Bible School and Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the Wilmot Community Home Auxiliary. After Olvin passed away, she joined the Senior Citizens Center in Watertown and served as secretary.
Hazelle enjoyed gardening, playing cards, dancing, entertaining friends, and traveling. She and Olvin traveled to all 50 states, as well as, Canada and Mexico! She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and Olvin wintered in Texas for 19 years.
In 2013, Hazelle moved to Edgewood Independent Living and later to Edgewood Assisted Living in 2017. She moved to Jenkins Living Center on July 24, 2019.
Hazelle is survived by her daughter, Diane (Roger) Aadland of Watertown, SD; four grandchildren: Keith (Cher) Larson, Kari (Matt) Mensink, Wendy (Kent) Kingston, and Jamie (Brad) Schneider; ten great-grandchildren: Ryan, Kianah, and Jenna Larson; Mattisyn and Preston Mensink; Kray and Ryelan Kingston; and Macy, Karli, and Colton Schneider; one brother, Richard Amdahl of Mitchell, SD; one sister-in-law, Arlene Larson of Summit; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Olvin; son, Donald; daughter-in-law, Sandra; her parents; two sisters; and six brothers.