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Hazel Heikkinen

Nov. 7, 1921-March 29, 2010

Hazel Virginia Heikkinen, 88, of Frazee, died Monday, March 29, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3 in the David-Donehower Funeral Chapel, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour preceding services. Interment will be at the Aurora Homestead Cemetery in Niagara, Wis.

Hazel Sjoquist was born to Garfield and Mary (Maki) Sjoquist on November 7, 1921 at Iron Mountain, Mich. She was raised and educated at Iron Mountain, graduating with the class of 1939.

After graduating, Hazel worked as a bookkeeper for the Best's Creamery in Iron Mountain. On July 26, 1947 she was united in marriage to Walfred Heikkinen in Iron Mountain. In 1952 they moved to Crystal Falls, Mich. When her children grew, Hazel went to work for Lud Stoor Insurance Agency. Walfred died May 26, 1987.

In 2003 Hazel moved to Frazee to be near her daughter, Marianne.

Hazel was a founding member of the Faith Baptist Church in Crystal Falls and remained actively connected with the congregation there. She was a beloved Sunday school teacher, and an officer in the church. She was also called upon to sing, and enjoyed sharing her love of music. Hazel was also an avid gardener.

Surviving Hazel are her daughter, Marianne (Mark) Brainard of Frazee; son, Alan (Lorna) Heikkinen of Oakland, Calif.; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Joyce (Gordon) Grams of Iron Mountain; and one brother, Dale (Mary) Sjoquist of Wausauke, Wis.

Preceding Hazel in death were her husband, Walfred; sister, Mary Alice; and brother, Leslie.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at