Hazel Louise Bergstresser, 98, of Hickory Corners passed away on January 02, 2021 at Stoneridge Assisted Living and Adult Foster Care in Bellevue,.
Hazel was born on March 17, 1922 in Albion to Fred E. and Hazel (Winiger) Percival . She grew up in Albion and attended Albion Public Schools.
Hazel was married on January 24, 1943 in Eaton Rapids to Bruce R. Bergstresser . They moved to 23 Mile Road in Rice Creek in the later 1940's where they lived all of their married life together. It was a loving and fruitful partnership of nearly 50 years. Bruce preceded her in death on October 26, 1992. After his death she moved to Battle Creek to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law Linda and George Markham.
Hazel worked as a Machine Operator at the former Crowell Carton Company in Marshall (putting on the metal tear strip on the Saran Wrap boxes!) from where she retired. Hazel was a member of Women of The Moose Lodge #676 in Marshall. She enjoyed shopping and travel. Hazel was scared to fly but her daughter Linda convinced her to take a trip to Hawaii with she and her husband George. Hazel consented and stayed in her seat for the entire trip! She and her husband Bruce would drive to Florida and spend time in their daughter's condo, and they enjoyed a trip to Disneyland in California. Another favorite trip was with Linda on the Mississippi River on a Paddle Wheel Steamer. .
Hazel is survived by her daughter Linda L. Markham of Hickory Corners, 2 grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Thelma Miller , Geneva McCullough , Ruth Bachman , Irene Jennings and, Nellie Percival ; her brothers Charles Percival and Fred Percival , and her son-in-law George Markham .
A private family service will be held at Rice Creek Cemetery in Lee Township where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Bruce.
Memorials contributions are requested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorials at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.st.jude.org or Grace Hospice, 2725 Airview Blvd. #101, Portage, MI 490002 www.ghospice.com..
Hazel's daughter Linda wishes to especially thank the wonderful staff at Stoneridge Assisted Living and Adult Foster Care for the loving and tender care they afforded her mother.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US HWY 27 N., Marshall, MI 49068.
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