Madison/Sun Prairie, Hazel Mary Cress, age 56, of 48 Oak Creek Trail died on Tuesday, April 12, 1983 in a local hospital. She was born on August 16, 1926 in Champlain, New York where she graduated from Plattsburgh Business College. She was the former Hazel M. Martel and was married to W. Robert Cress on August 19, 1945 in Plattsburgh. In 1946 they moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she worked as a bookkeeper/secretary in the billing department of Uniroyal Tire Company. She was active in many church and community groups, including secretary of the Mehara Shrine Club Auxiliary, Eastern Star and the Community Chest. Hazel made Sun Prairie her home since 1957. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Guild, the Daughter's of the Nile, and was active in the American Field Service of Dane County for several years. Hazel was an owner and secretary/treasurer of Cress Funeral Service.
She is survived by her husband, W. Robert Cress; a son and daughter-in-law, William R. and Sherry Cress; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Kay and Daniel Fose, and Carey Jane Cress; a grandson, Robby; all of Madison; her parents, Gustave and Mamie Weber; and brother, Lester Martel; all of Pompano Beach, Florida.
Funeral Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Chruch, 116 West Washington Avenue at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. Father William Wiedrich will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road in Madison. The family suggest that memorials may be made to the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospitals and Burn Center, Grace Episcopal Church, or the Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, K4-454, U.W. Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. Flowers are welcome.
Hazel (mom), throughout her life was a great inspiration to all of us. She devoted herself to her husband, children and was always sensitive to the needs of others. We regret that she could not be with us longer, but her love and kindness has given us many fond memories. God has taken her from us for a good purpose and his strength will guide us forever. Someday God will bring us all together. We will love her forever.
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