Obituaries

Rosalind Jean Hazelton

August 4, 1924 - April 27, 2020

Rosalind Jean Hazelton, 95, of Batavia died peacefully in the early morning of Monday, April 27, in Geneva, IL. Roz was born on August 4, 1924 to John and Mathilda Iverson, in Stanhope, Iowa, where John’s family owned Iverson Bros and Co., the town general store. Mathilda maintained the household that would eventually total nine children. Roz and her siblings enjoyed a rich childhood surrounded by Norwegian and Swedish culture, small-town life, and midwest family values, the foundation for many stories Roz shared with her own children long after she left Stanhope.

Roz earned her teaching degree at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA and taught school in Pilot Mound and Muscatine. She eventually moved to the Fox River Valley where she joined two of her sisters. For several years she taught first grade at Louise White School in Batavia. Then Roz met Harold James Hazelton, a machine designer employed by Carlson Tool and Machine Co., at their company softball game. On August 2, 1947, they were married and eventually moved to the home Jim had built on Van Nortwick Av. in Batavia, his hometown.

Roz and Jim had three daughters, and when the girls were old enough, she went back to Louise White School becoming a reading teacher for a number of years. Roz loved teaching, but she retired to babysit her dear grandchildren. This was the role that she took the most pride in doing. Their loyalty and affection for Grandma Roz is her greatest legacy.

Sadly, in September of 1988, Roz lost Jim and his companionship of more than 40 years. Although she never drove a car, she enjoyed walking downtown every weekday where she frequently met friends for coffee and conversation. Often offered a ride by friends, Roz always politely declined as she enjoyed the solitude and exercise she captured during her walks.

Roz was born into a musical family. Through the encouragement of her parents, Roz and her siblings often performed at church. As a child Roz and her twin brother, Bob, wearing costumes made by her mother, made the trip from Stanhope to Des Moines to perform their tap dance skills for a radio broadcast. Roz also played the piano and accepted invitations to sing at weddings. Her love of music echoed through her own home as she played the piano and sang her favorite popular songs.

Besides being a good dancer, Roz played girls’ basketball in Stanhope, in good Iowa tradition. She learned to golf in middle age and often went to the golf course with her golfing buddies. She loved working in her yard, and mowed her own lawn until she was 82.

Family was the most important thing to Roz. She loved having her siblings and their families come and stay with her. When they visited, she would make several pies and host potluck dinners, and all of the local relatives would be sure to show up. In between times she kept in touch by writing letters and keeping scrapbooks of anything to do with family. For many years Roz took great care and pride in hosting Thanksgiving dinner for twenty or more family members. She also learned to make Norwegian lefse, her contribution to the family lutefisk dinners at her sister’s home.

Roz was a caring person, accepting of everyone without question, and doing her best to make everyone she met comfortable. She loved having breakfast with her daughters or lunch with her three sisters at The Little Traveler in Geneva.

She is survived by daughters Nancy (Alan) McCloud, Sally Hazelton, and Connie Goldman; grandchildren Tessa (Mike) Wagner, Tara (Matt) Carlson, Michael McCloud, Linnea (Andrew) Schmidt, Aaron J. Goldman, and Emily Goldman, and by six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is survived by her dear sister, Donna Lee Peterson, of Aurora.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents, John and Mathilda Iverson; her sisters, Marguerite Iverson (died in infancy), Lajla Lyon, Mildred Blubaum, Marjorie Iverson, Ruth Iverson, and Esther Lindahl; her brother Harold Iverson, and her twin brother, Bob Iverson.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date.

Memorials in Rosalind Hazelton’s name may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at: stjude.org  or to Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.

Guest Book

  • Tracy Cook-Iverson My prayers and condolences. Aunt Roz was special and I was lucky enough to attend a Thanksgiving at her house. Beautifully written obituary and so full of family history. I will share it with my daughter Emma Iverson as her grandad is Aunt Roz’s twin. I never knew Bob tap danced. Love and Peace.
  • Bette Thompson Condolences to the Hazelton family. May she rest in the peace of the Lord.
  • John and Karol Clark Your mom was a lady with spunk and style, a gift she shared with you ensuring she will remain with you. We hope that sweet memories will bring joy and sustain your spirits, especially as we experience this time of separation. Caring thoughts are with you, John and Karol