Hazel A. Blank, 88

Hazel A. Blank (nee Backhaus), 88, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 1, 2010, at Chapel Hill Retirement Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio, following a recent illness.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1921, on her family’s farm in the town of Ashford in Fond du Lac County to the late Oscar and Alvina (nee Pitt) Backhaus. On Oct. 25, 1952, Hazel was united in marriage to Edward Blank. Edward preceded her in death on April 1, 1993.

Hazel was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in West Bend, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir. In 1993, after moving to Ohio to be closer to her daughter, she became a member of First Baptist Church in Louisville, Ohio. Hazel enjoyed gardening and baking.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Dale) Schweitzer of Minerva, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kristi, Andrew and Sarah; other relatives and friends.

Hazel is united with her husband, Edward, and brother, Roy Backhaus.

Funeral services in remembrance of Hazel will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2300 S. Main St., West Bend. The Rev. Bruce Dunford will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the services. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Campbellsport.

Memorials to First Baptist Church or Chapel Hill Retirement Community are appreciated.

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