LEDIEU, Hazel Lillian Mrs. Hazel Lillian (nee Rohe) Ledieu, beloved wife of Mr. Tony Ledieu of Red Deer, passed away quietly in the early morning at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at the age of 76 years. She was born on December 6, 1927 at Alhambra, Alberta to Johanna and Adolf Rohe. Hazel was the youngest (by fourteen years) of five children and often said that she had six parents, who spoiled her but also held high expectations of what she could do. She was very bright and was skipped from grade four to grade seven, and consequently had to move from a one-room country school to a boarding school in town. She was thrilled, to attend a more grown-up school, but when she arrived there she found her schoolmates, were not thrilled about her! Smoking was very fashionable, so to gain their friendship and “fit-in” she started smoking and generously offered cigarettes to her classmates. She said that although smoking worked to get friends, in the end it cost her, her life. At sixteen, she met Tony Ledieu, a handsome young miner and two years later, in 1944 they married in Coleman, Alberta. They had four children, an infant son, Wayne, who died at birth and then Sandra, Laverne and Brent. Hazel and Tony loved to dance, bowl, play shuffleboard, camp, play cards and travel, they enjoyed these activities with many friends and family members. Mom was a gifted seamstress sewing our clothes and making or altering those of her friends. She crocheted, tatted, embroidered and knitted many wonderful gifts during her life. Known for her humor, sarcasm and shrewd bargaining skills, she was a force to be reckoned with. To remain at home and raise her family, as well as earn an income, she took in six boarders and filled her days with childcare, laundry, ironing, packing lunches, and preparing wonderful meals and desserts. Many boarders became part of our family. After five years, Mom realized she was working too hard for too little income, she decided (at forty-one) to return to school, and attended Reeves Business College to become a bookkeeper, which she loved. She worked in that field for many years. Mom was also an active volunteer, and held many positions at the Red Deer Legion. Hazel and Tony moved to Parkvale Estates two years ago and have enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of neighbors and friends within that community. On October 7, 2004 they quietly celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary, with family, as Mom wasn’t well enough for a larger gathering. Her health made socializing difficult and nothing gave her more pleasure than the many visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grandma/Oma will be missed. Hazel leaves to mourn, her devoted and loving husband and caregiver, Tony, her sister, Hattie Hammond of Pincher Creek, three children, Sandra (Derald Perlick) of Red Deer, Laverne Knowler (Bob) of Innisfail, and Brent Ledieu (Anna) of Rimbey, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and treasured extended family and friends. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, and siblings, Adolph, Herman, and Louise. At Hazel’s request, no Funeral or Memorial Service will be held. Those who wish to, may make donations to a charity of their choice. Cremation entrusted to the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at


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