Mrs. Hazel Irene McFall, 102, of Elkhart, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 at 11:27 am. She was born Dec. 6, 1916 in Beach, VA to the late Vernon and Fannie (Richardson) Strawser, and later married John A. McFall on July 2, 1937 in Goshen. He preceded her in death in 1990.
Survivors include her sons Terry and Ronald (Merilee) McFall; grandchildren Laura (Donald) Lucker, Lisa (James) Thompson, John (Hazel), James, Nick (Cindy), Michele and Misha McFall; 12 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild; as well as a host of loving extended family and friends. Preceding her in death is her brother, Vernon, Jr., a pilot who was shot down in WWII and sisters Helen Neff, Dolores Fribley and Hazel’s twin Dorothy Strawser, who passed at birth.
Hazel’s life will be celebrated at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at 12:00 noon, with visitation beginning at 11am. Burial will follow the services at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart.
Hazel was very active in her younger years. She played on a minor league baseball team and participated on some local bowling teams, one of which earned her a second place state title. She also loved to swim, play cards and play tennis. She retired from Elkhart’s Bock Industries in 1977 but remained active for many years following, volunteering for the Elkhart YMCA Senior’s Center. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Elkhart for over 45 years.
On-line condolences may reach the family by visiting the funeral home’s website. Memorial donations may be given in Hazel’s memory to the American Heart Association or to Harbor Light Hospice.
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