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Hazel Maud Gordon Piper
Birth: Dec. 20, 1907
Oakland Valley
Sullivan County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 2004
Middletown
Orange County
New York, USA

Hazel was the first daughter of Clarence and Florabel Case Gordon. She was born near Oakland Valley, NY and moved to Rock Hill, NY in early childhood. In 1928 she married Wesley Piper. They lived in Wurtsboro, NY where they were active in the community. Hazel was a member of the Wurtsboro Methodist Church and the Women's Society for Christian Service. For many years she worked as custodian in the elementary school in Wurtsboro, first in the schoolhouse behind the Dutch Reformed Church, and later in the Emma C. Chase school, where she was also the "lunch lady" along with Lorraine O'Leary. She was beloved of several generations of Wurtsboro schoolchildren, who made a beeline to her house every Halloween because she gave out freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. She loved to "get her hands in the dirt" of her flower garden, and with her son Gordon had a large vegetable garden every summer in the plot next to her house on Sneed street. She enjoyed reading and was a fanatical crossword puzzle solver. She loved to watch Jeopardy. Her musical tastes ran from Lawrence Welk to John Denver. She was a wonderful Grandma to her four grandchildren and loved to spend as much time as possible with her two great-grandchildren.

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Hazel Maude Piper, a cook/custodian for the Chase School in Wurtsboro, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at the Middletown Park Manor. She was 96.

The daughter of the late Clarence and Florabel Case Gordon, she was born December 20, 1907 in Oakland Valley, NY. She was the widow of Wesley S. Piper who predeceased her in 1958.

Hazel was a member of the Women's Society for Christian Service, AARP, as well as a spotter for airplanes during WWII.

Survivors include her son, Gordon Piper and his wife Bernice, of Wurtsboro; sister, Florence Gordon of Rock Hill; 4 grandchildren, Vivian Piper, June Horton and her husband Bob, Patrick Piper, and Andrew Piper; 2 great-grandchildren, Timothy and Amy; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Andrew and Walter Gordon and two sisters, Pearl Blenis and Mildred Elliott.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 13, 2004 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, NY. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wurtsboro Fire Department, P.O. Box 442, Wurtsboro, NY 12790.

Funeral arrangements by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.
-- Middletown (NY) Times Herald Record, Friday, February 13, 2004 
 
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 Parents:
  Clarence Erwin Gordon (1877 - 1953)
  Florabel May Case Gordon (1882 - 1965)
 
 Spouse:
  Wesley Scofield Piper (1894 - 1958)
 
 Siblings:
  Cecil Erwin Gordon (1905 - 1907)*
  Hazel Maud Gordon Piper (1907 - 2004)
  Andrew Case Gordon (1910 - 1998)*
  Walter Wallace Gordon (1913 - 1960)*
  Mildred Ruth Gordon Elliott (1915 - 1985)*
  Pearl Adelaide Gordon Blenis (1919 - 2002)*
  Florence Olive Gordon (1926 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Hazel M. Piper
1907-2004
 
Burial:
Sylvan Cemetery
Wurtsboro
Sullivan County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Vivian
Record added: Dec 31, 2007
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Happy Easter, Grandma! Thinking of you with love, as always. I miss you.
- Vivian
 Added: Apr. 20, 2014
I can't believe it's been 10 years since you left us. I love you and miss you every day, and am grateful for the time we had together. Happy Angel Day, Grandma. Hug Mom for me.
- Vivian
 Added: Feb. 10, 2014
Merry Christmas, Grandma. You are especially missed today. I love you and am thinking of all the days we shared together.
- Vivian
 Added: Dec. 25, 2013
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