Hazel Mae (Graham) Fellin born July 2, 1926 entered Heaven on Feb 3, 2021 and was met by her loving husband of 47 years Bob, her daughter Diane (Furst), and surely is enjoying the reunion with her many friends and family members who have passed before her as she was one who never missed a party. Hazel loved to dance and sing being an active member of her church choir, First Baptist Church in Middletown for many years. In more recent years she enjoyed the sing alongs and shows at Chest Elm in Moodus, CT where Hazel lived the past 5 years. The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Chest Elm for making Hazel’s past few years very happy.
Hazel is survived by her daughter Nancy Kowalski (Chester) of Middle Haddam, grandchildren Danny Furst (Danielle), Dawn Frame (Jerry), Renee St. Amand, Lisa St. Amand, great grandchildren, Derek Frame, Logan Frame, Danica Furst, and Kail Luby.
Hazel was an avid gardener, self-taught (mostly by trial and error) with many trips to the flower farm for inspiration and a trunk full of new plantings. She truly appreciated when neighbors stopped to comment or admire her gardens as they drove by, as they so often did extend this kindness. Her green thumb was passed on to granddaughter Renee who tends and loves those same garden beds today. Hazel lived in Durham most of her adult life and worked at Cooper Thermometer in Middlefield until retiring. “Piecework” she called it, putting the coils into thermometers. She was an active member of TOPS for many years and continued that relationship with KOPS making many friends along the way. After retirement, Hazel was always ready for parties and travel, especially road trips with her girls, and cruises with the family. Granddaughter Lisa remembers her pancakes, deviled eggs, date squares (loved by all!), and her banana cream pie. Holidays were special times to get together with family and enjoy each other’s antics. Most recently memorable was walking into granddaughter Dawn’s kitchen to find Hazel (92) throwing back tequila shots with grandson Danny! Good Times, with many smiles and funny stories are how we wish to remember Hazel. Farewell Sweet Soul, until we meet again we will miss seeing you Mom, aka Grandma, aka Gigi.
In lieu of cards or flowers family requests a donation to a worthy charity of your choice. Because of Covid 19, funeral services will be private. And so, to honor this special woman, one last request is for you to make and share her recipe with family and friends. Hazel’s Date Squares: 1 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 1 3/4 cup rolled oats, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, mix above ingredients thoroughly. Filling: 1 8oz package dates, cut up fine, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 Tablespoons flour, 1 cup hot water, a splash of vanilla, cook over low heat, stirring until thick. Grease pan, spread 1/2 crumb mixture in bottom, pressing firmly, spread filling next, spread remaining 1/2 crumb mixture on top, pressing lightly. Bake at 350 degrees until browned, 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares while still warm and ENJOY! To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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