Hazel B. Kroll

Hazel B. Kroll, 91, of Medford, and formerly of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Memorial Health and Rehabilitation Center in Medford. Hazel had been a resident there for the past two and a half years.

Hazel was born Dec. 13, 1921, in the town of Hartland, Shawano County, the daughter of the late Melvin and Esther (Beyersdorf) Jensen. Hazel attended country schools and later Shawano High School, graduating in 1939. Following school she had been employed at the United States post office in Bonduel.

In her younger years, Hazel worked at Dehn’s Ice Cream Parlor in Bonduel, which was attached to her father’s barber shop. She was a Sunday school teacher at Friedens Lutheran Church, and during World War II, Hazel was a member of the Civilian Defense Unit in Bonduel.

On June 8, 1946, Hazel was united in marriage to Maurice “Maury” Kroll at the Friedens Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Following their marriage the couple lived and farmed the Kroll family homestead in the town of Herman. Hazel worked around the farm and cared for her family.

In 1965 the couple moved to Stetsonville, where her husband was hired full time as a soil conservationist for Taylor County, a position which he held for eight years. While living in Stetsonville, Hazel was employed at the Medford Senior High School as a cook. The couple returned to Shawano in 1973. When they returned to Shawano, Hazel was employed at the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff, matron of the jail and as a bailiff.

She retired in the mid-1980s. The couple moved back to Medford in 1993 to be close to their children.

Hazel is a current member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. She, along with her late husband, Maury, are past members of Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano. Hazel’s hobbies included camping, sitting by the lake at the couple’s cottage in Cecil, as well as Sunday drives with Maury. The couple loved to go out for fish dinners on Friday night. Her husband preceded her in death on July 27, 2009.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Krista (Tim) Ludwig, of Eagle River, and Karla (Art) Klimpke, of Medford; four grandchildren, Steve (Ashley) Ludwig, of Verona, Dan (Merideth) Ludwig, of Minneapolis, Beth Ludwig, of Chicago, Bekah Ludwig, of Watertown; a son-in-law, Tom Krebsbach, of Medford. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews. Hazel was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Krebsbach, on Aug. 2, 2010.

A memorial service for Hazel Kroll will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at Divine Savior Lutheran Church of Shawano. Pastor Joshua Krieger of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Medford will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Shawano. Relatives and friends may call at Divine Savior Lutheran Church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family prefers memorials in the name of Hazel Kroll for the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford, or Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Shawano.

Schroeder-Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano is in charge of the service arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.schroedermickelsonfuneralservice.com.

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