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Hazel M Berger

Hazel M Berger

Hazel M. Berger, age 84 of Durand, died Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City with her family by her side.

Hazel was born June 20, 1937 at home in Eau Galle. She was the daughter of Edwin and Nettie (Jackson) Schutz. Hazel grew up in Eau Galle attended grade school in Eau Galle and graduated from Durand High School. After school, Hazel worked at the phone company in Eau Galle. Hazel married Joseph Berger on June 19, 1956 in Eau Galle. After marriage they lived in the Durand area where they raised their six children. For the last five years, Hazel has been a resident of the Plum City Care Center where she enjoyed all of their fun activities, the other residents and staff.

Hazel loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, playing cards and coloring.

The family would like to thank the Plum City Care Center and St. Croix Hospice for all of their loving care of Mom.

Hazel is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph; six children, Nancy (Pat) Wayne, Rod (Marcia), Mike (Luann), Steven (Missy), Audrey (Scott) Lieffring and Connie (Chris) Bauer, all of Durand; 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, two brothers, Glen Schutz and Neil Schutz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Nettie Schutz; one brother, John Schutz and two sisters-in-law, Marlys Schutz and Karen Schutz.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30AM Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00PM-7:00PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.



  1. Kathy Arndt

    Hazel was a "Shining Light" for me with such a beautiful smile..she could lite up the room when she entered.
    I also want to say I thought the world of her husband Joe when I worked in Assisted Living.
    Good folks...
    Love n Prayers to the wonderful family...

  2. Jenny Tulip

    Your mom was a beautiful, wonderful lady who will be missed - a treasure. We are thinking of you!
    The Tulips

  3. Jennifer Eisenbraun

    To a Great Family. Your Mom had a heart of gold. Thank you for letting me be part of the Circle Of Life.

  4. Dellann Weisenbeck

    My deepest Sympathy, Joe and family, Dellann

  5. Mary A Schwartz

    So sorry for your loss she was a sweet lady and we would always talk at the store when I saw her loved her pictures when she would do activities at the care center hang on to the memories your in my prayers .

  6. Terri and Mike Dematteo

    Our sympathies to the entire family. Hazel has left a legacy to be very proud of. Keeping all of you in our prayers!

  7. Scott and Karen Brunner

    She was such a wonderful lady. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to Hazel’s family.

  8. Michelle Endl

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to your entire family as Hazel made lifelong impressions on me from my early childhood that I still have with me today. My favorite memory was when she babysat me and she would put on the Grease 45's and we would dance in the family room so to this day whenever i hear Grease music I am quick to remember where I 1st heard it and puts a big smile on my face! Love you Hazel.

  9. Jody and Trudi Lane

    Thoughts and prayers and sincere condolences to the family. Our hearts are with you all.

  10. Ed and Vicky Biederman

    Joe and family, Sending our sympathy and prayers to you all at this sad news and difficult time.

  11. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our deepest sympathy to Joe and his family. Hazel was a very special person. Have many fond memories of going to conventions when Joe and Gary worked together. Keeping you all in our prayers

  12. Judy Norrish

    Joe and family, My deepest sympathy to each of you. Many memories of Hazel but the one I will never forget, is the great babysitter she was to my daughter. God has gained a another angel.

  13. Chuck & Rosanne Reckin

    Our sympathy and prayers to all of Hazel's family.

  14. Donna Karshbaum

    We are So Sorry for your Loss, Hazel was a Amazing Woman and Mother and Grandmother, God Bless You All, Keep all the Memories close to you in your Heart ❤️

  15. Jack & Donna Barber

    So Sorry for your loss ! SYMPATHY & PRAYERS at this most difficult time !

  16. LeAnn Hughes

    Rest in peace Hazel. Good memories with you!


    My sympathy to the family
    of Hazel.

  18. Al and Pat Baier

    Audrey, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers to you and the whole family.

  19. Barb Heffernan

    My condolences on your loss. hazel was a wonderful neighbor and good friend of my mom’s. She will be missed by many!

  20. Irish Jade

    Joe & family, My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all. I’ll never forget Hazel for the rest of my life. I loved her dearly.

  21. Mark & Judy Schutz

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers❤

  22. Marlene Zimmer

    I volunteer at the PC Care Center and saw Hazel regularly. She always had a smile and sometimes a cute remark. I will miss her so! My sympathy to the family.

  23. Brenda Smith 2

    Very sorry for your loss, she was a great lady. Prayer for all.

  24. Ramona Geib

    Audrey, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Joanne (Wood) Roehrborn

    My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Aunt Hazel was an amazing lady with lots of smiles and hugs. She will truly be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers sent out. Sincerely, Joanne and family

  26. Paula Smith

    To the family of Hazel Berger. I will always remember Hazel with a smile on her face and the way she would seem to light up a room her family was important to her and I know what ever they have she will be watching over them and Joe I'm sure your memories of her will last a lifetime please hug one another for me and know I'm thinking of each one of you. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers

    Paula. Smith

  27. Deb & Mike Reindl

    Your mom will forever be in our hearts, as well as the hearts of so many that loved her. Hugs and prayers to your family.

  28. Paul and Amanda Glaus

    Every time we saw Hazel there was a smile on her face! Always so friendly and she loved the kids! Prayers and sympathy to you all.

  29. John and Judy Parr

    Wow sorry for your loss hugs

  30. Larry and Rita Gruber

    Our sympathy to Joe and all the kids and spouses etc.
    She will be remembered in our prayers.

  31. Jean Gardner

    Sorry for the last as f Hazel. Condolences to family and friends. May she RIP. Love and prayers


    We were so sorry to hear of Hazel's passing. She was always so sweet at the PC Care Center.

    Sending our sympathy to Joe and her family.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  33. Barbara Schultz

    Prayers of Peace and Comfort.

  34. Audrey Kallstrom Bussow

    Hazel was such a kind lady, and the world was a better place with her in it. My deepest sympathy to Joe and family.

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