August 4, 2019
Hazel Aronitz passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the age of 88 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital after a multi-year battle with her third bout of cancer. Predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Eddie (2016), she is survived by her children; Marianne (Michael), James (Rosemarie) and Brenda (Gord), seven grandchildren; Bridger, Jaimie, Christopher, Stephan, Elise, Braeden and Nicole and three great-grandchildren.
Hazel was born on September 8, 1930 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario to George and Mary (Jackett). She grew up on a farm Northeast of Orillia on the shores of Lake Couchiching with her four siblings; Norm, Dorothy, Bill and Art. After completing high school, Hazel attended nursing school at the Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital and graduated in the Class of 1952. That summer, Hazel travelled extensively throughout Western Canada and the US and eventually accepted a nursing position in Ponoka where she met Eddie. They were married in 1954 and relocated to Red Deer where she lived the remainder of her life.
Although Hazel worked as a part-time nurse for many years, her true focus was her family. Hazel very much enjoyed spending time with family and close friends. Like Eddie she also enjoyed the outdoors; camping, canoeing and hiking in the summer and skating and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Hazel’s mind remained sharp until her passing. She especially loved the stimulation of cards or word games to challenge her mind and had an incredible memory for current and life events. During her final years of cancer treatment, her doctors, nurses and other support staff were always amazed by her quick understanding and sense of humour.
An informal Gathering of Remembrance will be held for family and friends at the Eventide Funeral Home on Friday, August, 30th at 2:30 pm. Mom, you will be missed.
Eventide Funeral Home
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