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Hazel Guelph Levsen Rohwedder
June 18, 1918–November 27, 2011
Hazel G. Rohwedder, 93, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011, at Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church, Wyoming, with Pastor Ginger Anderson officiating. Friends called from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Interment was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa.
Hazel Guelph Rohwedder was born on June 18, 1918, in Doland, South Dakota, to Fred and Hazel (Jobert) Levsen. In 1919, when Hazel was nine months old, her mother died of the flu epidemic. Difficult times after World War I, the death of her mother, and the Depression made circumstances too difficult for her father, so Hazel and her sister, Marion, were sent to live with relatives.
Hazel came to Wyoming, Iowa, in 1935 before her senior year in high school. It was at Wyoming High School that she met the love of her life, Richard Rohwedder. After high school graduation in 1936, Hazel attended Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated in September 1939.
Richard and Hazel eloped and were married in Chicago on February 18, 1940. They returned to the family farm outside of Wyoming, Iowa, where they lived until 1972, at which time they built a home in town. Hazel loved the farm and being a farmer's wife. She and Richard loved to play cards with friends and loved to dance, even around the kitchen!
She was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, the Mary Rebecca Circle and a past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. She was also an avid golfer.
Hazel is survived by her children: son, Tom, and his special friend, Margaret Stickley, Wyoming, Iowa; daughter, Jean (Royce) Schneider, Richmond, Texas; son-in-law, Lonnie (Shirley) Rogers, Marion, Iowa; grandchildren, Kim (Jerry) Sorgenfrey, Wyoming, Iowa; Noelle (Damon) Vaughn, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Michelle (Scott) Jackson, Stanwood, Iowa; Jeff (Stacey) Rogers, Marion, Iowa; Stephen (Anna) Schneider, The Woodlands, Texas and Matthew Schneider, Houston, Texas; great-grandchildren: Kayla (Andrew) Buck, Anamosa, Iowa; Cameron Sorgenfrey, Wyoming, Iowa; Chris Chester, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Jozie Vaughn, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kori and Kyle Jackson, Stanwood, Iowa; Emma and Claire Rogers, Marion, Iowa; and Dean Schneider, The Woodlands, Texas; and a great-great-granddaughter, Callie Jo Buck, Anamosa, Iowa; a sister, Marion Platner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Rohwedder; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Richard, who passed away in 1983, and her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann Rogers in 1993; her daughter-in-law, Judy Jo Rohwedder; and great-granddaughter Lilly Jo Vaughn.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 2 December 2011

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