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Hazel C. Mickelson

July 23, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - Hazel Corrine (Herrick) Mickelson, registered nurse, volunteer and church leader, died April 18, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn.

Hazel devoted and defined her life in serving civic groups and the church. She was born to Anna (Schultz) and Wilfred Herrick, November 29, 1918. A graduate of Chatfield High School she pursued her dream of being a nurse, earning her degree at the University of Minnesota.

During WWII, she responded to the call to serve "over there," enlisting as a Lieutenant in the Army as a nurse in the 42nd Field Hospital. She landed on the beach of Normandy the day after D-Day, survived the Battle of the Bulge, and prepared an aid station for the Nuremberg Trials. She was awarded the Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty by France, and the Bronze Service Arrowhead.

Following the war, she specialized in public health, working as a school and county nurse in Dallas County, Iowa, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Anoka, and being active in civic and church groups.

After marrying Walter ("Bill") she continued her community involvement in Fairmont, New Ulm and Hastings, and then Santa Fe and Albuquerque; later returning to the Twin Cities.

She held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the Boy Scouts, AAUW, Church Women United, and the Cancer Society. She spent summers volunteering as a nurse to fill vacancies in medical missions in Guatemala, New Mexico, Mexico and Bangladesh. She was active in the United Methodist Church, serving as lay leader of the Minnesota Conference, and on numerous boards including the Salvation Army, the United Methodist newspaper The Reporter, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She was recognized for her volunteer work with the SERTOMA award for service. With her husband she created and served on the boards of the Scandia and Mickelson Media Foundations to meet community and international concerns.

In presentations describing her work in medical missions, she concluded with the question, "Do you love me? Feed my sheep"; one that she attempted to answer with her life.

Hazel is preceded in death by her husband, and brother Kenneth. Survivors include her children Kirsten and Thor (Cindi Beth) of Minneapolis, sister Doris Gardner, and sister-in-law Lorraine Herrick and, nephew Skip (Joyce) Herrick, nephews Monte (Amy) and David (Janet) Mildenberg, nieces Julie (Bob) Murray and Janice (Bob) Roberts.

A service will be held in the Bigelow Chapel at United Seminary, 3000 5th Street NW, New Brighton, MN on July 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to donor's choice.

Interment on 7/28/12 at 11 a.m. at the New Ulm Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Kaiserhoff.

 
 
 

 

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