Hazel Kathryn Maurer Minnich, age 93, formerly of Wayne Township, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg, surrounded by her daughters, Jane and Janet. She was born in Ashland, PA, on April 7, 1926. She was one of twelve children born to Charles and Dora Maurer.Her siblings included Elmer, Warren, Alvin, Lottie, John, Ralph, George, Alma, Earl, Harry and Harold.
Hazel was a woman with the heart of servant who always had time for her family and others who needed anything. She enjoyed baking (and eating) cookies, being outside and especially gardening. People who passed by her home in the last years of her life enjoyed seeing her handiwork on the banks at the corner of Routes 183 & 443.
Through the years, she was involved in PTA, Schuylkill Garden Club, Fire House Auxiliary Team, Lutheran Women’s Guild, prison ministry and hospice care. She was the local delegate of the Friedensburg Republican Women’s Council. This position allowed her to be a guest of Mrs. Nixon at a White House reception. She and her daughter, Janet Stoyer, were operators of a Montgomery Ward’s store, located on the corner of Routes 443 & 183.
She was a faithful member of Bethesda E.C. Church, Reedsville. She loved to read the Bible and to send cards of encouragement to countless numbers of people.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Miles Mervin Minnich and by 7 brothers, 2 sisters and 2 great-great grandsons (Cullen and Mason). She is survived by two brothers (George and Earl) and her four children: Steven Minnich (spouse Norma), Jane Baudoin (spouse Larry), Janet Stoyer (spouse Marty Sr.) and Scott Minnich (spouse Sheree); 10 grandchildren (Scotty, Emily, Faith, Kate, Jono, Kara, Marty Jr., Julie, Shane and Justin; 20 great grandchildren (Amber, Erika, Jessie, Hazel Belle, Henry, Dylan, Hudson, Connor, Finnly, Josie, Sara, Lily, Nick, Nora, Alexis, Lydia, Chase, Tori, Bella, and Max); 1 great-great grandson (Declan).
Funeral services will be held at Bethesda E. C. Church, 155 Reedsville Rd, Schuylkill Haven, PA, 17972, located on Route 183 on Monday, February 10th, 2020, from 9-11 am, with Pastor Mark Brooks officiating. Burial will be celebrated after the service in Bethesda E.C.’s Cemetery, Reedsville, next to her husband, Miles Minnich, who died April 9, 1985.The cemetery is located behind the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Bethesda E.C. Church.
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