Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Erma L. Hazen, 92, of Beatrice, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday night, February 17, 2021 in a Madison, Wisconsin hospital. She was born on July 17, 1928 at Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School. After graduation she was employed at the Tecumseh courthouse for the County Agent and the Dairy Association/Bindweed District. On September 26, 1948 she married Shannon Hazen and they moved to Sterling in 1949. Beginning in 1952 Erma was partner and bookkeeper for Hazen’s Repair, Hazen’s Apco and Hazen’s Green Acres at which time she became a florist after attending florist school. She retired from the floral business in 1993 when they sold the shop and in 2000 retired from being church secretary at St. John Lutheran Church after 30 years. In 2001 they started as independent agents for the Lutheran Digest and traveled the state. She was a receptionist for Zink-Fox Funeral Home for many years. She was a long-time member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sterling, serving in different capacities with the women of the church. She also volunteered for various Sterling school organizations, PTA, was a 4-H leader, secretary for the Sterling Improvement Association, and co-chair for the Bicentennial in 1976. In 2014 Erma and Shannon moved to Arbor Meadows in Beatrice. Erma will be remembered for always sharing her smile and helpful attitude so generously with the world.