Message from Mary Beth Conrath
January 5, 2021 2:52 PM
Hazel was one of my best friends while we both attended St. Philips Grade School in the '40s. And then we both attended Notre Dame Academy for our high school years. And I knew first husband David before Hazel met him because David and I attended Miss Huddles Kindergarten in East st. Louis. And while my husband John was recuperating at St. Pauls Nursing Home my friend Hazel was there also recuperating and I believe she was mighty determined to be able to walk again which she did. What a strong and beautiful woman she was!! I don't believe she really knew how to complain about her condition or anything else that was not so great in her life. She loved her family and life.
I have many memories of her that I will cherish.
Mary Beth Conrath
Message from The Cassady Family
January 4, 2021 8:19 PM
My brother Chip and I loved growing up down the street from the Turner/Baker Clan. We had such a great times and Hazel always made it fun. Between her and our mom cheering at games, track meets etc. Heaven help the other teams? We are so happy that we got to spend time with her 3 1/2 years ago at Phyllis' 80th birthday party and at the Cardinal game. We were beyond excited that she was there with us to celebrate. I am sure that she is continuing the party. Sending lots of love to you all.
A candle was lit by The Cassady Family
on January 4, 2021 8:13 PM
Message from Karen and Mark Lobstein
January 4, 2021 5:55 AM
There are no words to express the grief that you must feel. Please know that we share your loss and at the same time take comfort in Hazel now resting and reuniting with those gone before us. Your family has been our family for most of our lives and we live in you! God's Blessings now and always.
Message from Patty Hellyer Schmeder
January 2, 2021 12:44 PM
My Big Sister is gone but will never be forgotten. I first met Hazel when I was a girl scout and our meetings were at the Grant School. I went to St. Philips Grade School and Notre Dame Academy. NDA is where Hazel became my Big Sister. In school she was so busy being kind to all and I was a lucky one. Going home from school on a Belleville public bus Hazel always saved me a bus seat. She helped me in lessons, sports and how to love school. She is my Big Sister !
Message from Christine Briemmer
January 1, 2021 4:24 PM
I couldn’t have asked for a better grandmother and friend. So many laughs, so much live. You will be greatly missed.
A candle was lit by Kathy Barbe-Foster
on December 31, 2020 1:52 PM
Message from Barbara Abell
December 31, 2020 11:54 AM
Jane and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's, grandmother's and mother-in-law's passing! I did not know Hazel well, but I do know how caring she was. She was a wonderful lady and a fun lady. My prayers are with you all! God bless you all! 🙏🙏
Message from Andy Kinsella
December 31, 2020 10:57 AM
What a wonderful human being. What an impact she leaves on this planet. What a shame to see her go.
For many years we lived across the “holler” from her. Out where you had to throw a rock pretty damn far to hit you neighbor’s house. It wasn’t a very good place for trick-or-treating, but every Halloween Hazel’s was our first stop. She couldn’t wait and neither could we.
Years later, after my own parents had died, my youngest son, Jack, invited Hazel to be his guest at Althoff’s annual “Bring a Grandparent to School Day.” She happily accepted.
I’ve since moved away from that “holler,” my kids have all grown up, and I rarely made it back to Holy Trinity, but every time I did Hazel Jeanne’s smile was the first thing I looked for. When I think of my old St. Albert/Holy Trinity family, I think of her.
I’m writing this through tears (so I hope I haven’t made a typo), but they are tears of joy. Joy for having known such a wonderful human being.
Message from CAROLYN WOTTOWA
December 31, 2020 9:32 AM
I knew Hazel and her hubby and sister from St. Clair Bowl. They were a joy to be around. She also was a great bowler. Just wanted to extend my sympathy
Message from Elaine Baldwin Harter
December 30, 2020 9:43 PM
To all the family of Mrs. Baker. I loved your mother. Whenever we ran into each other she was always so happy and upbeat. Another great Fairview Heights lady gone. Hope she is saying hello to my Dad Tom in heaven. Peace to all of you.
A candle was lit by Randy Pierce
on December 30, 2020 5:58 PM
What a wonderful lady she was! Even though putting words together is what I have done for nearly all of my adult life, I am at a loss for where to begin. My deepest sympathy to her family, my heart is full of sorrow but my mind is full of great memories of Hazel. She was truly one of a kind. So outgoing, warm-hearted, high-spirited, great sense of humor, loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her fellow members of the Woman's Club and nearly everyone she came in contact with. I know she made me feel loved, that was one of her many special gifts. I could go on and on but it has taken me the better part of an hour to get this far. Bless her and bless all of you who were so dear to her..
Message from Teri Layton Mantle
December 30, 2020 5:49 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Mrs. Baker was a pillar of St. Albert's. She was always so kind and loving to us kids. Praying for peace and strength for all of her family and friends. I know she will be dearly missed.