The family of Hazel Carol Torgerson is sad to announce her passing on Saturday December 8, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Melville, Saskatchewan, after being recently diagnosed with cancer. She was in her 74th year.
Hazel was born in Yorkton on April 5, 1945, to Henry & Nellie (nee Rachinski) Robertson. She completed her schooling in Yorkton, then worked as admin support at various jobs until she met her husband Alan Torgerson at a dance in Springside. They married in 1965 and settled in Melville, where their children Shelley & Blair were born. Hazel was a devoted mom, cheering from the stands at hockey or ball games, sewing dance costumes, & leading or helping with Guides or Scouts. She still made time to curl regularly, go bonspieling and serve on the executive of the Melville Curling Club, the Saskatchewan Ladies Curling Association & the Melville Public Library. She enjoyed cooking and baking, always collecting recipes, or making something for a bake sale or bonspiel, or helping to cater at the curling rink. Hazel loved gardening and flowers of every kind - in late winter she was already planning and dreaming of her garden and what she might try growing this year. She froze or preserved all her produce (or exchanged it with her friends - nothing went to waste). And when she finally did sit down, she always had her nose in a book or was knitting.
The family enjoyed camping every summer, having several adventures & making many special memories traveling throughout Canada & the the U.S. Mom always took her wildflower guidebook along, and admired the different gardens everywhere. After Alan took Blair and the rest of the Scouts through the Wilderness Rendezvous program in Cypress Hills, Hazel joined Alan in volunteering with the camp & was actively involved at all levels of WR for 37 years. The Scouting community at WR became a special family to her & Alan. They both enjoyed many good times with their friends playing cards, golfing, fishing at Jan Lake and playing more cards until all hours and walking home ‘early’ when the birds were singing.
After their children were grown, Hazel continued all she had been doing, and then volunteered even more by helping at the Thrift Shop, knitting prayer shawls, serving at teas, helping with curling playdowns & championships or baking whenever homemade sweets were needed. She was so happy to be able to spend even more time out in the yard, creatively making her garden more elaborate and even more immaculate - a horticultural dream.
Hazel lived a full life and loved her family, friends, fellow volunteers, curlers and Scouting family. She was thrilled to become a grandmother to her five grandchildren. She spoiled them with her cinnamon buns, cookies and scuffles & loved watching their various sports. Grandma was constantly entertained by their exuberance and comedy, and loved trying to out-fish them (& often did!).
Hazel and her family are so very grateful for the incredibly compassionate and kind care provided by all the staff at St. Peter’s hospital. Their loving care & the visits from so many friends made this short but difficult time tolerable and even enjoyable for both her & her family.
Hazel was predeceased by Alan, her husband of 50 years, her parents Henry & Nellie, her in-laws Eric & Irene Torgerson, and sister-in-law Lois Johnson. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Shelley (& most favourite son-in-law David) Kehrig of Calgary, son Blair, (& most favourite daughter-in-law Tracey) Torgerson of Saskatoon, her grandchildren Erin, Marina & Trent Kehrig, Ryan & Craig Torgerson, her brother Ray Robertson of Calgary, her special cousin Diane Lemko of Quill Lake, nieces & nephews Grace, Clayton, Marc & Jena, as well as many close friends and relatives.
Memorials in memory of Hazel Torgerson may be made to the Stars Air Ambulance or to the Parkland Regional Library-Melville Branch.
Stars Air Ambulance
Hangar 21, 2475 Airport Road
Parkland Regional Library-Melville Branch
Melville, SK S0A 2P0
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