Hazel Waters Holten of Eau Claire passed away December 30, 2018. She was born in Genoa, Nebraska October 27, 1920 to Edward and Catherine Waters. Her family moved from Nebraska to Wisconsin in December of 1928. She graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1938 and later attended the local vocational school to take courses to become a secretary. Hazel then worked at the Gillette Tire Factory until she married Russell Holten on January 10, 1944. Russ enlisted in the service and was stationed at Camp Sutton, North Carolina where she joined him for several months until he went overseas to help build the Burma Road. Hazel went to work at the Ordinance Plant until Russ returned from active duty. Shortly thereafter, Russ worked for Gillette Tire Factory/Uniroyal until his retirement while Hazel was a housewife. They lived many years on Barland Street and eventually moved to the St. Johns Apartments where Russ passed away. In April of 2018 Hazel moved to Dove Heathcare South and was there at the time of her death.
Hazel was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church where she was active in the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) in various capacities. Visiting the sick and shut-ins with a friend was very special to her. She was also a member of the Luther Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered at the Red Carpet until it closed. She thoroughly enjoyed golfing which she pursued into her early 90s. She had a hole-in-one three times; one at Hallie Golf Course and two at Pine Meadows. Playing Hand and Foot was a favorite card game which she played with her friends at the apartments, with her St. Johns card group, and with children and grandchildren when they visited. She and Russ took many trips to visit their two sons and their families. The enjoyed a Caribbean cruise with her son Ron and his wife, Lynn, and later spent a month in Hawaii with very special friends, the Brandls. They also took several trips to Florida and Texas. She and Russ thoroughly enjoyed watching the Badgers and Packers. She attended a Packer game in Green Bay with her son Rich, his wife Pat, and their son Ben and later attended a Packer game against the Seahawks with Richs family. She never let Richs family forget the famous disputed game-ending touchdown when the Seahawks beat the Packers during the Officials Strike.
Hazel is survived by her two sons. Richard lives in Richland, Washington with his wife Patricia and they have three children, Ben, Erica (husband Simon), and Anne (husband Scott). A few months before her passing, her first great grandchild, Logan, was born to Erica and Simon. Her son Ron lives in Katy, Texas with his wife Lynn. Other remaining relatives include her sister-in-law Ione Waters and her daughter Dorene in Cooksville, TN; Dorenes daughter Melanie McManus in Chippewa Falls and son Gary Waters in Wausau; and niece Judy Grobe in Madison. She was very blessed to have many friends who visited her and provided support including Lynn Bjork and her two daughters Kyle and Chrissy, Bonnie DeWitt, her great niece Melanie, her card club, and friends from St. Johns Apartments. The family is very appreciative of the exceptional care provided by Heartland Hospice and Dove South Healthcare.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Eau Claire on January 10, 2018 with visitation time with the family at 10 am and a memorial service at 11 am. Memorials will be donated to service programs at St. Johns. Comments and condolences may be posted at www.chippewavalleycremation.com.