Hazel Alfano

Hazel was born in the Creston Hospital on July 31, 1934. Her parents, Frederick and Christian Schiesser chose this name because of a creek which ran near their little home near Creston.

When the family grew by 2 more children, Margaret and Bernhard made the decision to move to Golden in 1939. Their new home was west of Golden for 2 years and then they were able to purchase Valleyview Farm in Moberly.

Over the next several years, Hazel being the eldest child took on many responsibilities during the war years when her father was away. She and the others worked hard doing chores, milking goats, and helping their mother preserve food for the long winter months.

She attended Moberly school but unfortunately she was needed at home to help with the younger children and was unable to continue through high school.

The school was often the site of dances and box socials and at one of these events, she met her future husband Luigi Alfano. After a short romance, they were married in Golden in 1953.

Children started arriving with Cheryl in 1955, the twins, Roger and Rhonda in 1957 Elizabeth in 1958 and Cindy in 1965.

As a farm wife, Hazel used the skills she had learned growing up. She was a healthy strong woman, drove tractor, hoisted heavy hay bales , milked cows, fed chickens, geese and turkeys and cared for her husband and family. She made bread, canned vegetables, for the winter as well as storing them in the root cellar. She was proficient at sewing for the children and took a keen interest in their school work encouraging them to do well. She was always there as a loving and caring mother.

After the children had made their own lives, Hazel found time to weave rugs on her loom and through her church activities she learned of the need to make quilts for the needy which were shipped to many parts of the world. She was an accomplished knitter and loved to crochet but her main passion was her lovely plants, flower beds and vegetable gardens. More of her talents were demonstrated in her love of music and in particular playing the guitar and harmonica.

She and Louis travelled to many parts of Canada and the U.S., Alaska, Africa, England, Wales and Switzerland, other parts of Europe and New Zealand.

She was predeceased by her father in 1984, her mother in 1987, and two brothers Jacques one in 1947 and Jacques Doull in 1997.

Hazel will be dearly missed by her husband Luigi and children: Cheryl Alfano, Roger & Carmen Alfano, Rhonda & John Addison; Elizabeth Alfano, Cindy and Daryl Flindt. She is survived by sister Margaret (Ed) Gould, brother Bernhard (Terry) Schiesser, sisters: Jeannie Dyke, Julia Cundliffe and Nicolette (Dennis) Goff and brother Fred (Tita) Schiesser, several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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