With a life that spanned nearly a century, Hazel Marchand made the most of the days she was given while deeply loving those around her.
The year 1917 is often remembered as the year that our nation engaged in the throes of WWI overseas. Although America had hopes of remaining neutral, continued hostile actions left us with no choice but to join in the fight for the preservation of the freedoms we still enjoy today. This year was a year to remember in the lives of one young couple from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a much different reason as they were pleased to announce the birth of their healthy baby girl on February 5th. Baby Hazel was one of two girls born to her parents, Gustav and Emma (Levendoski) Abitz, and she was raised in the family home alongside her sister, Ruby.
As the hardship of war gave way to great prosperity during the decade that became known as the Roaring Twenties, Hazel experienced an upbringing that was reflective of the day.
Life was forever changed for Hazel when she met the man with whom she would share the best years of her life. His name was John Marchand, and after falling deeply in love Hazel married her sweetheart. The couple made their home in Cudahy just outside of Milwaukee. In addition to being a wife, she worked as a packer at Milwaukee Valve Company.
Hazel’s journey was laced with both peaks and valleys through the years. She enjoyed spending time with her dear friend and neighbor, Dorothy Hinsch, and she was also blessed with a goddaughter, cousins, and many friends who all greatly enriched her life. Hazel was deeply saddened with the death of her husband.
A kind and loving woman, Hazel Marchand was a gift in the lives of her friends and loved ones. She will be deeply missed and warmly remembered.
Hazel Marchand died on March 6, 2012. Hazel’s family includes her goddaughter, Joyce Watts; dear friend, Dorothy Hinsch; and cousins as well as many other friends. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her sister, Ruby Berndt. Visitation at the Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Services at 1:00 p.m. Interment Arlington Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christ Church. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com where you can leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.
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