Service of Remembrance for Hazel Braaten, 91, of Dickinson, ND, formerly of Hettinger, ND will be Friday, February 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. MT at the Hettinger Lutheran Church. Rev. Galen Strand will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. MT at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger, ND on Thursday, February 21st. A Gathering of Family and Friends will follow at 7:00 p.m. that evening. Burial will take place on Tuesday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. CT at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, ND.
Hazel passed away at the St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson, ND on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Hazel Eileen Rogne was born November 13, 1927 to Ole and Sophie (Adolphson) Rogne at the family farm southeast of Regent, ND. She attended a rural country grade school, and graduated from Regent High School in 1945. After graduation, she began employment at the J.C. Penney store in Hettinger, ND.
She was united in marriage to Alvin Braaten on November 9, 1947 at Wolf Butte Lutheran Church. Their wedding was the first candlelight service at Wolf Butte at the pastor’s request. The candelabras were built by Alvin and one of his brothers. It was a beautiful ceremony and the beginning of a marriage that would last for over 55 years. They raised their children on the Knute Braaten homestead, and lived there until they moved to Hettinger in 2003.
She was a member of the Wolf Butte Lutheran Church until its closing, at which time she joined the Bucyrus Lutheran Church. She was a Sunday school teacher at Wolf Butte Church, a member of Darling Springs Homemakers Club and a member of the Eagles.
Music was a big part of Hazel’s life, and she would often be heard humming a tune while going about daily tasks. She was quick at recognizing a melody or lyrics, and if you were playing “Name That Tune”, you wanted Hazel on your team! She loved dancing, playing cards, crossword puzzles, watching game shows and movies.
Spending time on the farm with mom and dad was always a special time, with an abundance of laughter and love. At least once a month we would gather there for birthdays, holidays, or just because…no excuse needed. Hazel was an excellent cook and almost always had homemade overnight buns on hand. All of us genuinely loved spending time with her, and were never in a hurry to go home.
Keeping her in their fondest memories are her children, Paulette (Jerry) Deibert, Bowman, ND, Dava (Dennis) Rustan, New England, ND, Wade (Lisa) Braaten, Rushville, MO, Roxanne Snow (fiance Brian Acers), Brookings, SD, Terri Lindquist, Hettinger, ND, and Kyle Braaten, Dickinson, ND; 13 grandchildren, Jory (Paola) Deibert, Trevor (Sara Rehurek) Deibert, Troy (Crystal) Tieszen, Scott Tieszen, Tanya (Ben) Balkcom, Allison Bland, Jonathan (Joni Simmons) Braaten, Janine Braaten, Jessica Braaten, Nicole (Mark Pena) Kroening, Tristan (Kelsey Gronlund) Snow, Ginger (Chris) Dragoo, and Jodi (Derek Northrop) Lindquist; 19 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alvin, two brothers, Arthur and Robert, six sisters, Alma, Gena, Gladys, Hellen, Agnes and Sarabelle, son-in-law, Christopher Lindquist, and daughter-in-law, Sue Braaten and great granddaughter, Tiarah Bland.