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Hazel Emily VeselyCLERGY
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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.
I was in NM visiting my mom and just returned yesterday to read in the Scotland Journal of your mom's passing. During our visit we reminisced about the Scotland neighborhood where I grew up and our wonderful friends and neighbors, among them your dear mom. Hazel was such a good friend to my mom and of great support after my dad passed away leaving her with us young girls, but she was strong and taught my mom how to move on. I extend my sympathy to you girls, who were our best baby sitters and friends to the Orth girls. Her kindness lives on through her family. Rest in peace, Hazel.
Jane (Orth) Rokusek Oct 23 2014 4:19 PM
Dear Judy & Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I always remember her as such a gracious lady who lived up the street from my family in Scotland. Surely she has a special place in heaven for all the good and kind deeds she did for others while here on earth. May you find strength in all the wonderful memories you must have of her during her life. Clarita
Clarita (Hollman)Varilek Oct 17 2014 5:11 PM
Judy, Sharon and Cindy. We are so sorry to hear about your mother. She was such a beautiful person. I will always remember the fun times we had at your house when we were growing up. Hazel always made me feel welcome. God bless all of you and your family's at this difficult time. Norma and Rich Luebbert
Richard Luebbert Oct 17 2014 11:32 AM
Aunt Hazel was always one of the most interesting people to sit by at a family reunion! She had so much knowledge about the Vesely Family she joined! I'll always remember her hugs and her smile that would light up the room. I can only imagine the welcome she received from Uncle Frank when the pearly gates opened! She was so special! The Lord said; Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Tina Vesely Bredehoeft Oct 16 2014 1:41 PM
we will cherish the memories made while Hazel, Frank, Cindy, Judy and Sharon lived next door to us. hazel's graciousness endeared herself to us. Most often Cindy helped this young mother of 3 girls while Hazel provided an ear and a shoulder to lean on. With pride we watched Hazel as her career and professional developed. While living at the nursing home and coming into contact with me, Hazel returned my greeting even though by then she may have forgotten our connections. May all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim abd Theresa Sedlacek Oct 15 2014 7:15 PM
I will always remember Hazel as such a nice and gracious lady. I have no idea how long she worked in the clinics, but always remember her being there.
Caryl Hebbert Abbott Oct 14 2014 5:08 PM