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Hazel Fifer

August 22, 2014

    Hazel Fifer, 96, Decatur, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest.
    She was born in Jay County Saturday, Jan.12, 1918, to the late Bert E. and Emma (Kunkle) Smith. She married William W. Fifer Dec. 13, 1940, in Monroeville; he preceded her in death Sept. 14, 1986.
    Hazel was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and was a former member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church and its Methodist Women Society. She was active in the Friendship Club and loved bird watching, flowers and reading.
  A graduate of Madison High School in Jay County and Fort Wayne Beauty College, Hazel was a homemaker and worked as a self-employed beautician.
  Among survivors are her son, Gary (Nancy) Fifer of Decatur; daughters, Judy (Dave) Fox of Berne and Nancy (Marlin) Blakey of Decatur; eight grandchildren, Shelly Lockwood, Jeff Riehle, Julie (Doug) Rich, Brian (Noelia) Fox, Michael (Keri Jo) Fox, Kevin (Lydia) Fox, Sara (Christopher) Mowery and Marc (Theresa) Blakey; and 20 great-grandchildren.
    Preceding Hazel in death were a sister, Mabel Bond; and a grandson, Christopher Blakey.
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Gadlage officiating. Internment will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.
    Friends will be received from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church Monday.
    Preferred memorials are to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Family LifeCare.
    Online condolences may be made at

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