Hazella Mae (Chamberlin) Westman, age 87, of Cokato, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born April 8, 1925, in Buffalo, the daughter of Evan and Hazel (Bell) Chamberlin.
Hazella’s early years were spent in Buffalo; she then moved to the Enfield area, where she attended grade school. Hazella graduated from Monticello High School in 1944.
She worked at Bondus Tool Company in the early days of that company.
Hazella’s loves included writing poetry, sewing, and reading. Her latchhook rugs won many ribbons at the Wright County Fair.
Hazella and Chester Westman were joined in holy marriage Feb. 16, 1946, in Monticello. To this union, four children were born: Chester Jr. of Rapid City, SD, Sharon Pulver of Cokato, Claude, who is deceased; and Sandra Lincoln of Howard Lake.
Most of Hazella and Chester’s life together was spent in the Buffalo, Monticello, and Hasty areas, where they were employed on dairy farms.
For a few years, Hazella resided at the Crow River Villa in Delano. She later moved to Cokato to be near her daughter, Sharon, who lost her husband. Sharon and Hazella were neighbors at the Cokato Apartments until Hazella entered the Cokato Manor.
When writing correspondence, Hazella would always end with “Love & Prayers.” Her favorite motto was “Live well, laugh often, and love much.”
Hazella is survived by her loving children: Chet Jr., Sharon Pulver, Sandra (Dennis) Lincoln; daughter-in-law Leona Westman; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters Shirley Biske of Monticello, Carol (Marin) Hayes of Delano, and Claire (Robert) Sheldon of Bemidji; a brother, Jack (Rose) Chamberlin of Babbitt; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Hazella was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; son, Claude Westman; son-in-law Richard “Dick” Pulver; grandchildren Kari Lynn Pulver and Richard Allen Pulver; her parents; and a brother, Don Chamberlin.
Funeral services for Hazella Westman took place Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Al Jones officiating. Special music was provided by The Jones Family Singers. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, March 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
Casket bearers were David, Daniel, and Dennis Lincoln; Gerald Kaddatz, Robert Westman, and Chester Westman Jr.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.