Hazel Mary Rizer, 103, went to her heavenly home at 5:55 a.m. on August 15, 2014. She was born on January 23, 1911, on the family farm near Thorpe, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Lulu (Gibson) Chopard. She always told the story about the temperature being 31 below and on that day; her mother put her in a shoe box and laid her on the oven door for warmth. Hazel was raised and educated in the Edgewood area, and was a 1929 graduate of Edgewood High School.
When Hazel was united in marriage to Donald Alton Rizer, they lived in Wood Center until they moved to Edgewood sometime before 1941. Donald died September 13, 1976.
Hazel’s wish was to live to see all of her grandchildren graduate from High School that became a reality in 1987 when Shanae, her youngest, graduated. She also was able to witness the marriage of her three grandchildren and to enjoy helping to spoil their children. She was thrilled to see the year 2000 in her lifetime! Hazel was a wonderful mother-in-law and treated her daughters-in-law like they were her daughters. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren adored her. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Hazel is survived by son, Donald Rizer of Kiowa, Colorado, granddaughter Kim Sticher and husband Ross of Kiowa, Colorado, and great-granddaughter Kayln Sticher of Columbia, Missouri; and son, James Rizer of Shreveport, Louisiana and wife Bev, grandson Kevin Rizer and wife Debbie of Houston, Texas, great-grandchildren Seth and Tabitha Rizer, granddaughter Shanae Rizer Anderson of Stonewall, Louisiana and great- grandchildren Courtney and McKenzie Anderson, both of Stonewall, Louisiana.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Donald A. Rizer; her parents, Arthur and Lulu Chopard; one sister, Esther Weil; four brothers, Ralph Chopard, Charles Chopard, Cecil Chopard, and Roger Chopard; and daughter-in-law, Judy Rizer.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Hazel’s name.
Graveside Service: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Oakland Cemetery Manchester, Iowa. Officiating: Pastor Kevin Rizer
Visitation: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, Iowa.
Casket Bearers: Ross Sticher Al Heefner Earl Shaw Bob Chopard Mike Chopard Sean Chopard
Honorary Casket Bearers: Paul Chopard Seth Rizer