Hazel Casper, 92, of Apache Junction, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 30, 2006 at Banner Gardens Hospice of Mesa.
She was born Oct. 14, 1913, near Dola, in Hardin County, Ohio. Hazel was married 71 years to Paul H. Casper, now 91 and currently a resident of Apache Junction Health Center.
After her marriage in Kenton, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1934, Hazel and Paul left Ohio and traveled to California. They returned to farming in Ohio for a short time before permanently moving to Arizona. They lived in Phoenix, Globe and Springerville until retiring to Apache Junction. Hazel considered Springerville to be "home." For many years she was the Town Clerk for the town of Springerville. Prior to that position she worked for Becker Power and Light Company and for the Town of Springerville Water Department. She was a Public Notary.
Hazel was a member and past president of Business and Professional Women (BPW), White Mountain Community Hospital Auxiliary and White Mountain Historical Society. Many will remember her dedicated membership and service to the Community Presbyterian Church of Springerville, where she taught Sunday School and led youth activities. She was supportive of 4-H activities and loved hiking and fishing in the White Mountains.
Although they had no children of their own, she and Paul befriended and mentored many who looked upon her as their mom, grandmother and great grandmother. But most of all she will be remembered as a gentle and gracious lady who always put others first through acts of kindness.
Her survivors include her husband, Paul H. Casper; sister Opal Ruppright, Dola, Ohio; brother Lauren (Dorothy) , Dola, Ohio; sisters-in-law Elwanda (Alvie, deceased) Casper, Ada, Ohio, Violet (Virgil) Good, Dola, Ohio; 13 nieces and nephews, 38 great nieces and nephews; 37 great-great nieces and nephews and three great-great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at Community Presbyterian Church in Springerville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Following interment at the Springerville Cemetery, luncheon will be served at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Presbyterian Church, Springerville Arizona.
Burnham Mortuary, Eagar has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Paul Henry Casper
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