Rev. Ron Shifley
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“What A Day That Will Be”
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Hazel Emily (Beecher) Vesely was born July 25, 1924 on the family farm near Loyalton, Edmunds County, South Dakota to Ira C. and Marguerite J. (Gunn) Beecher. She attended rural school, Rosette #3 in Edmunds County, north of Ipswich, SD. At the age of twelve she was baptized in the Baptist Church of Ipswich. In 1939 the family moved to the Beecher homestead west of Scotland, SD. She graduated from Scotland High School in 1941 and then received her elementary teacher's certificate from Southern State College in Springfield, SD.
On August 16, 1942 she married Curtiss J. Hirsch in Sioux Falls, SD and lived there and in Norman, Oklahoma returning to Scotland in 1945. To the union were born two daughters, Sharon Kaye and Judith Ann. They were divorced in 1949.
She taught Plugraph School #79 in Bon Homme County for three years and Odessa #24 in Yankton County for seven years. She worked as bookkeeper/receptionist/administrator at Jungman Clinic and Hospital in downtown Scotland for ten years. She served briefly as Administrator at the newly opened Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland and then as Assistant Administrator and Supervisor of Medical Records for fifteen years. She retired in 1984.
In 1962 she married Frank A. Vesely of Tabor, SD at the Little Brown Church near Nashua, IA and they made their home in Scotland. She thus gained a stepdaughter, Cynthia Ann.
In 1939 her church membership was transferred to the First Presbyterian Church in Scotland where she was active in several capacities in Church School as student, teacher and officer. For several years she was church financial secretary, was ordained as Elder in 1973, served on various committees of the Presbyterian Women's organization. She participated in 4-H activities as a young girl and continued her interest in 4-H through two of her granddaughters. She was a member of the Scotland Good Samaritan Center Advisory Board for six years and did volunteer work at the Center. She had a keen interest in expanding the records of the family histories and keeping in contact with extended family members.
Hazel passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland at the age of 90 years.
She is survived by three daughters: Sharon (Darrell) Orth of Lesterville, Judy (Tony) Rokusek of Olivet, and Cindy (Craig) Dempsey of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Danielle (Wesley) Schaeffer of Utica, Rochelle Adam of Yankton, Jim (Darcy) Rokusek of Sioux Falls, Chris (Justin) Mayfield and Cara (Steven) Koller of Omaha; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters-in-law: Carol Beecher, Mary Lou Beecher, Florence Vesely and Lena Vesely and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Frank in 2012, brothers (Chester, Allen, and Warren) and a great-grandson.