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Hazel M. Engelstad
February 12, 2014
Hazel M. Engelstad, 92, a longtime resident of the Kasson area, died of natural causes on Monday, February 3, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.
Hazel Margaret Ankeny was born to Irvin George and Maude Sarah (Cheatle) Ankeny on August 3, 1921 on the family farm near Blue Earth in Faribault County, Minnesota. When she was two, the family moved to a farm near Winnebago, also in Faribault County, where she grew up with three older and three younger siblings. Hazel graduated from Winnebago High School in 1939, graduated from Normal School in Blue Earth, taught at three country school districts, attended the University of Minnesota, and was hired as the 4-H Club Agent in Dodge County. While there, she met and later married Ralph Benton “R.B.” Engelstad on September 30, 1944.
Hazel and Ralph lived in the Kasson and Mantorville area for their entire married life, raising three sons and three daughters. Hazel was an engaged member of the Kasson-Mantorville community, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and various charitable organizations. Her husband Ralph passed away on April 11, 2006, after nearly 62 years of marriage.
Hazel is survived by sons Wendell (Diane) of Owatonna and Daryl (Sara) of Kasson; daughters, Shirley (Daryl) Deno of Blackduck, Carol (Dan) Nable of Cumming, GA and Janet (Mark) Rendler of Pleasant Prairie, WI; daughter-in-law Robyn Hammond of Fort Collins, CO; sister, Cecil Carroll; brothers John Ankeny and Gordon Ankeny; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Ralph, son Milo, brothers Harlan Ankeny and Edward Ankeny, sister Ruth Milbrandt, and her parents.
Funeral services for Hazel M. Engelstad were held February 8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson with Rev. Randy Fett officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.
The family would prefer memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Kasson was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at www.dibblefuneralhome.com