Former Juneau resident Hazel Stella (Hanson) Lanz, 81, died of natural causes at Valley Hospital in Palmer on Dec. 11, 2004.
She was born April 1, 1923, in Astoria, Ore., to Sigurd and Helen Hanson. She graduated high school in Oregon. On June 2, 1946, she married her husband of 57 years, Carl Lanz, in Eugene, Ore. In 1956, she moved with her husband to Seward, where they lived until moving to Juneau in 1961. She worked as a secretary for Lanz & Sons Construction in Juneau until 1978, when they returned to Oregon. They lived in Brookings until 1990. They then returned to Alaska, living in Haines for nine years until finally settling in Wasilla in 1999. She was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska and the Lutheran Church.
Her family writes, "Hazel moved with her family to Alaska in 1956 (and) she enjoyed many years of happiness in 'the last frontier'. Her favorite passions were genealogy, knitting and crocheting. Her genealogical research has been enjoyed by many family members both here and abroad."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; and her parents, Sigurd and Helen Hanson.
She is survived by her sons, Arlen Lanz and Casey Lanz of Juneau, and Vernis Lanz of Wasilla; a daughter, Karla Rallo of Tok; sisters, Dolores Sorenson of Eugene, Ore., and Norma Ackerman of Powell, Wyo.; brother-in-laws, Frederick Lanz of Harrisburg, Ore., Buel Lanz of Wasilla, and James Lanz of Redmond, Ore.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at Lane Memorial Funeral Home in Eugene, Ore. with Pastor John Dinsmore officiating and honorary pallbearers, Victor and Stephen Dartt and Kory, Kyle, Oren, Austin and Coltin Lanz. Her burial will follow at Lane Memorial Gardens.