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Hazel Oberpriller, 85

Hazel Marice (Weller) Oberpriller, age 85, of Howard Lake, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018, in her home, surrounded by family.

There will be a wake service Friday, July 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. officiated by father Greg Paffel.

A Christian Mass will take place Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, with visitation at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m, prior to the Mass. Father Kenneth O’Hotto and Father Greg Paffel will officiate.

Urn bearers are John Brown, James Veaderko, Cody Sullivan, Alexandra Brown, and Amber Brown.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Howard Lake.

Hazel was born May 14, 1933, in Greenwood, MN, to Richard Sr. and Luella (Townsend) Weller. She was the youngest of five siblings.

After attending Rockford school in her early years, Hazel attended Howard Lake public school when the family moved to the Weller farm, graduating in 1952.

Following graduation, Hazel lived with her friend, Arlene, in Minneapolis, where she worked at Montgomery Ward.

Hazel was united in marriage to John (Jack) Oberpriller April 24, 1954, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Five children were born to this union.

The couple made their home in Minneapolis, where Hazel worked in the banking industry and Woolworth’s clothing store.

Jack and Hazel moved their family back to Howard Lake in the spring of 1957, to help out on the Weller farm. In 1962, the couple purchased property on Highway 12 in Howard Lake.

Hazel and Jack started a salvage business, T&O Auto Parts, along with their good friends, Dale and Joyce Thorson. Hazel became bookkeeper, secretary, and wore many hats after this. The Oberprillers and Thorsons were partners in business for 38 years, but friends forever.

Hazel was an active member of her community. She was a member of the Eastern Star from 1976-2006, the Howard Lake Lioness club from 1980 to 2005, where she served as president and treasurer for a time; and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she served as a money counter. She gave from her heart to her community, and made many long-lasting friendships along the way.

Hazel loved to fish, crochet, garden, and travel, including travel destinations of Florida, Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, and France. She particularly liked to visit the hot springs they found along the road while traveling.

Hazel loved her family. She liked going out to eat with them, or just hanging out, interacting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack); sons Kevin and Timothy; sister Rosalie Boeson; nephew Bruce Weller; parents Richard and Luella Weller; and great-grandson Charles Schwarzkopf.

Hazel is survived by her daughters, Sharrie (Douglas) Brown, Elaine (Patrick) Hurley, and Janelle (Thomas) Sullivan; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her brothers. Richard Jr. and Willard Weller; and a sister, Varona Klugow.

Hazel touched many lives while here on earth and was greatly loved and respected by many. She will be dearly missed.

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