Hazel Wallace

Hazel June Gunderson Wallace passed on peacefully April 19, 2013, at the age of 94.obit-Wallace
Hazel was born in St. Paul on June 1,1918. The daughter of Swedish immigrants Albin and Ellen Gunderson, Hazel graduated from Central High School in 1936. Hazel worked at the Ramsey County Courthouse and became a “White Satin Sugar Girl,” serving as hostess for the Winter Carnival in the 1940s. She married James S. Wallace in September 1941, and they moved to their “Pine Bend” farm where they raised three children – their twin sons, Richard and Robert, and daughter Patricia.
When the farm was sold to the refinery company, the family moved to Inver Grove Heights, and Hazel worked for the Veterans Administration. Jim and Hazel eventually moved to Mendota Heights, where they were members of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. Hazel spent her final years close to her daughter in Princeton.
Hazel was a lifetime member of the Vasa Order of America. She enjoyed flowers, dancing and playing bridge. Most of all, her favorite place was Lake Wapogasset with her family.
Hazel is preceded in death by her parents, sister and husband. She is survived by her children Richard (Linda) Wallace of Calif., Robert (Glenda) Wallace of Maine and Patricia (Steven) Ruble of Princeton; brother Vernon Gunderson; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, West St. Paul. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be given to the American Swedish Institute or St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.

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