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Hazel M. Stephens, 102, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
She was born at home on a farm north of Catlin, Ill., on Feb. 21, 1915, to Pearl and Phillip Schutz. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and her six siblings, Mabel, Russel, Davin and Virgil Schutz, and Freda and Ruby Alcorn.
She graduated from Catlin High School with the class of 1933.
She was married to Truman Stephens for 44 years until his death in 1982. Hazel and Truman built the A&W Root Beer Drive-In on North Vermilion Street in Danville in 1953 and operated it for 17 years.
Hazel was a very generous person most interested in doing whatever she could for others, especially for her family.
She will be greatly missed by her family, daughter Lonna (Al) Wagner; grandchildren, Jana (Troy) Drennan, Tom (Suzi) Wagner, Alison (Knoel) Kaneshiro; her great-grandchildren, Parker and Lauren Drennan, Lane, Lela, Samantha and Sloan Wagner, and Kristen Kaneshiro. She also would want to mention nieces Jeanene (Bob) McQuown and Paula (Ken) Broderick, who did so much for her in her later years.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday June 5, 2017, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. An entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&mfc_pref=T&32112;.donation=form1&utm_expid=114662058-20.p2g3P8aRT668M4TSltGYDg.1&utm_referrer=http://www.alz.org/
Please join Hazel's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 1, 2017
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