BLUE EARTH - Mrs. Hazel Beatrice Johnson, age 102, of Blue Earth, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at St. Lukes Lutheran Care Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Brent Walker officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Visitation time will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Hazel was born near Ormsby, Minn., on Sept. 27, 1910, to Hans and Anna (Jacobson) Soma. The family moved to a farm near Canby, Minn., and then to East Chain, Minn., where Hazel graduated from high school in 1928. She was married to Nels A. Johnson on Nov. 30, 1930, in Ames, Iowa, where she worked in the college hospital. Nels was a Teamster at Iowa State College. Returning to Minnesota, they farmed, retiring to Blue Earth in 1971. Nels passed away in September 1983.
Hazel was a member of Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Blue Earth. After moving to New Life Manor, she helped at Chapel services and spent many hours visiting the residents of St. Lukes Care Center. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in her early years. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years giving Flannel Graphs in many different churches and St. Lukes. She is remembered for her quilting, baking, Bible study and crocheting being awarded Grand Champion for her doilies at age 101 at the Faribault County Fair.
Survivors include daughter, Ferne (Dayton) Roesler of Waseca; eight grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; sister, Margaret Sisson of Antioch, Ill.; sister-in-law, June Soma of Oakdale, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Nels; daughter Phyllis A. Stewart; grandson Dennis Stewart; granddaughter-in-law, Phyllis Stewart; three brothers, Gerald, Sanford and Arnold Soma; five sisters, Irene Bliss, Jennie Nordaune, Wanda Oftedahl, Alma Stromberg and Lois Schneider.