Jan. 2, 1927-Nov. 17, 2013
Hazel Herk, 86, of rural Vergas, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes.
Hazel Frances (Peterson) Herk was born to Elmer and Florence (Knutson) Peterson on January 2, 1927 in Marshall County, near Middle River, Minn.
Hazel was united in marriage to Lyle James Herk on November 2, 1948 in Valley City, N.D. They lived in Valley City, Seattle, Wash., Middle River and Fargo-Moorhead. Then in 1965 they moved to their farm in rural Vergas.
Hazel worked at West Central Turkey in Pelican Rapids for many years, and for 10 years she worked at Young Life Castaway Club on Pelican Lake.
Hazel will be remembered for "Hazel's Raspberry Patch." She raised and sold raspberries on the Vergas farm for many years. Her customers would wait all year for the crop to be "ready." Each berry had to placed exactly so in the box before she sold them.
Hazel was an immaculate homemaker, served great Sunday meals after church for her family, made the best Norwegian Potato Dumplings and loved to play bingo.
Hazel's children all knew they were her fa-vorite, and she knew when to call each one: Marilynn for the best haircuts; Marietta for medical needs; Maryann for great laughs, playing cards and helping her at home; Dennis for getting anything to work again or move something; Marion for making her home 'mom's home' for the past six months and getting the lucky bingo table; and Dale for his daily phone call she waited for.
Surviving Hazel are her six children, Marilynn Sparling, Detroit Lakes, Marietta( Johnnie) Stowers, Vergas, Maryann Cusey, Tracy, Minn., Dennis Herk, Vergas, Marion(Steve) Sleen, Vergas and Dale Herk, Frazee; eight grandchil-dren; 16 great grandchil-dren: five brothers and sisters, Floyd (Lois) Peterson, Middle River, Shirley Stacey, California, Lila (Duane) Knutson, Bagley, Ronnie (Sheila) Peterson, Middle River and Elmer Peterson, Twin Valley.
Preceding Hazel in death were her husband Lyle Herk (June 18, 1993); two infant children; her parents, Elmer and Florence Peterson; a granddaughter, Tabitha Herk Janssen; six brothers and sisters, Margaret (Arne) Johnson, Donna Peterson, Ervin (Betty) Peterson, Donnie Peterson, Audrey Peterson and Sharon Gustafson.
Services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Pelican Rapids, with Pastor Dale Pepelnjak officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to ser-vices.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are being provided by Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids. An online guestbook is available at larsonfuneralpelicanrapids.com.