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Hazel McCarty, 81

Hazel Luella Margaret McCarty, age 81, of Dassel, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

She was born March 5, 1931, in Forest City Township, Meeker County, to Henry and Emma Bertha (Ross) Zempel. Hazel grew up on the family farm in the Forest City area. She was baptized and confirmed at the St. Matthews Evangelical and Reformed Church of Forest City. Hazel attended grade school in Meeker County and graduated from the Litchfield High School in 1948.

Hazel was united in marriage to Harold F. McCarty March 4, 1950, at the St. Matthews Evangelical and Reformed Church in Forest City. The couple made their home in Lengby, MN, where Harold was a buttermaker.

In 1953, they moved to Dassel, where Hazel has made her home since. She had been employed at the 3-M Corporation in Hutchinson from 1967 until her retirement June 1, 1991.

Hazel became a member of the First Lutheran Church, now Gethsemane Lutheran Church, in May of 1959. She had a wonderful voice and enjoyed singing and listening to music, especially old time music with her friend, Rollie, in her later years. She enjoyed spending time and taking trips with her children and grandchildren.

Hazel loved to visit with her friends in the Dassel Sewing Club, and could often be found playing cards and dominoes at the Senior Center.

She is survived by her children; Colleen (Thomas) Christensen of Hutchinson, Cheryl (Timothy) Bischof of Bloomington, Karen (Scott) Sebastian of Three Rivers, MI, and Kathryn Green of Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Steven Bischof, Hannah (Christensen) Duenow, Ariel and Dillon Sebastian, and Ashley and Camille Green; her sister, Lilas Asfeld of Buffalo; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Allen of Grove City.

Hazel was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Barbara, in 1952; her husband, Harold, in 1970; her parents; a brother, Leo Zempel; and a longtime friend, Rollie Erickson.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, followed by interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday evening, Dec. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and one hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.