Hazel Anfinson, 76, of Park Rapids, formerly of Cherokee, Iowa and Sioux City, Iowa passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Frazee Care Center Complex of Frazee.
Hazel Anfinson was born May 30, 1937 in Cherokee, Iowa to Olaf Johnson and Flossie (Smith) Johnson. She was one of nine children. Hazel attended Cherokee Public Schools until her marriage at 15 years old. She earned her GED while living in Montana.
Hazel married Aloyus Anfinson of Cushing, Iowa Feb. 24, 1953 and lived in Cushing for two years while Al served in the Army in Korea. Hazel and Al had two children: a son, Garrett, born in 1954 while his father was in Korea, and a daughter, Gina, born in 1957.
The family moved to Kremlin, Mont. in 1959, then they moved to Sioux City, Iowa in 1961 where Al taught school and Hazel worked for Bellas Hess Department Store for many years. Through the years she also worked at the Ben Franklin Store, the Grain Elevator in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa and finally for Target Stores.
In Hazel's mid-40s, she began a 30-year fight with serious illnesses, many operations, therapies and kidney dialysis.
Hazel and Al spent their summers in Park Rapids, for 50 years and spent winters in Phoenix, Ariz. for 20 years.
She was an avid fisher-man, enjoyed boating, music, dancing, playing the accordion, riding motorcycles and flying with her husband. She also enjoyed quilting, making jelly and pickle relish and spending time with her family.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Sioux City for many years. At the time of her death, Hazel was a resident of the Frazee Care Center of Frazee.
She is survived by her husband, Aloyus; her daughter, Gina Behrendsen (Chris) of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Vonda Anfinson of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jeaneen and Kirby of Dallas, Texas, Stephanie and Mike of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Isaac and Star of Phoenix, Ariz. and Alanna and Ryan of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Viona Henderson, Berniece (David) Stinelli, Jerry (Valentina) Johnson, Ivan (Kathy) Johnson, Marcella (Dan) Moos; and several sisters-in-law.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; son, Garrett; brothers, Mitchell Johnson and Russell John-son; and sister, Marthena Scott.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at the church.
Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at the United Methodist Church of Cushing, Iowa with the Rev. Sheryl K. Ashley officiating.
Burial: Cushing Ceme-tery of Cushing.
The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correc-tionville, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.