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Hazel Myrtle Leaf, 94

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Hazel Myrtle Leaf, 94, of Menahga, MN formerly of Richfield, MN was promoted into Glory on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.

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Hazel was born July 20, 1913 in North Branch, MN to Hans M. and Christina L. (Swenson) Nelson. It was in the Stanchfield, MN area that she attended public school and grew through her childhood years. As a young woman, Hazel gained em-ployment doing housekeep-ing and helping care for the children of several area families.

On June 24, 1933, Hazel was united in marriage to Carl Robert Leaf Sr. in Braham, MN. This union was blessed with five children: Shirley, Bob, Lola, Hartley (who died in infancy) and Nancy. Ha-zel devoted her life to mak-ing a warm and loving home for her family. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remem-bered for her delicious home cooking and, especially by her grandchildren, for her incredible cookies. Hazel would often work late into the night sewing clothes, without purchased patterns or design, for the needs of her growing family. In addi-tion to caring for her home and family, Hazel also worked as a cook for the Richfield Public Schools. For many years she was an active member of the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Richfield. In 1979, Hazel and Carl retired to a country home north of Menahga. She was a member of the Re-deemer Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Menahga where she enjoyed the fel-lowship of being a member of the Mary/Martha Guild.

In her spare time, Hazel enjoyed working with her hands knitting and crochet-ing. Hazel endured the heart ache of losing her husband, Carl in 1989 and her daugh-ter, Shirley in 2005.

She was blessed with the gift of hospitality and looked forward to cooking and bak-ing for her family and friends. She loved the out of doors; especially, when she could be raising beautiful flowers into colorful splen-dor for all to see and enjoy. She also looked forward to planting a large vegetable garden which she would nurture into fruitful abun-dance to can and share with family and friends. She often searched for four leaf clo-vers finding one more often than not. Hazel was able to sing to the chickadees in the yard so they would sing back to her.

Above all, she devoted her life to the happiness of her husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of whom she loved with all her heart.

She will be lovingly re-membered by her three chil-dren, Bob (Jan) Leaf of Burnsville, Lola (Ernie) Cowden of Menahga and Nancy Wood of Sebeka; her son-in-law, Larry Palm of Eagan; 25 grandchildren: Rick Palm, Randy (Chris-tine) Palm, Rory (Beth) Palm, Ryan Palm, Scott Leaf, Chad (Celeste) Leaf, Chris (Carolyn) Cowden, Bill (Sue) Cowden, Dan (Juanita) Wood, Corey (Mi-chelle) Wood, Jim (Rhonda) Wood, Rae Lynn (Phil) Pol-zin, Darci (Tim) O'Connell and Renee (Jay) Musolf; 26 great-grandchildren; her brother, Walter Nelson of Mora; sister-in-law, Lucille Nelson of Braham; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Sr.; two chil-dren, Shirley Palm and in-fant son, Hartley in 1940; two sisters, Marie and Cora; and three brothers, Leonard, Raymond and Roy.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 5) at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Rev. John Ramsbacher officiating. Organist will be Ruth Ann Kinnunen. Solo-ists will be great-granddaughters; Emma Wood and Jenny Palm who will sing, "To Where You Are," "I Can Only Imagine" and "You Raise Me Up." Congregational hymns will be "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Garden."

Active casket bearers will be her grandsons.

Honorary casket bearers will be her granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

Interment will be held at the Menahga City Cemetery.

Arrangements were pro-vided by Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home serving Menahga and Sebeka.

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