Hazel Anne Gilreath

Hazel Anne Gilreath

WINNEBAGO — Hazel Anne Gilreath, 96, of Winnebago, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord surrounded by family on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Heartland Parker Oaks. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 109 Cleveland Ave. W., in Winnebago. Interment will follow in Rosehill Cemetery, Winnebago.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago, and one hour prior Saturday at the church.

Spencer-Owen funeral home is entrusted with arrangements.


Hazel Gilreath was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Elmore, Minn., to Anchor and Anna (Larsen) Hesseldahl. They later moved to Winnebago, where Hazel attended rural country school. She graduated from Winnebago High School in 1939 then attended beauty school.

She worked as a beautician in Winnebago for many years.

On Oct. 19, 1941, Hazel was united in marriage to Roy Jacobsen in Paris, Texas. To this union 4 children were born: Bradley, Janis, Brian and Ann.

After Roy returned from his military service, they resided in rural Winnebago. Hazel owned and operated Hazel’s dress shop for several years.

After Roy’s death in 1977, Hazel married Donald Gilreath. They farmed for many years until Donald’s death. At that time, Hazel moved into Winnebago.

She loved the Lord and served Him lovingly as an active, lifelong member of the Winnebago Methodist Church. For many years she taught Sunday school, release time classes, VBS and was active in the women’s church circles and UMW.

Hazel is survived by her four children, Bradley (Annie) Jacobsen of Rogue River, Ore., Jan (Bob) Kaduce, Brian (Carrie) Jacobsen, and Ann (David) Krause, all of Winnebago; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 36 years, Roy; husband, Donald; two brothers; one sister; and four grandchildren.