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Hazel Gennrich



Hazel Myers (Telford) Gennrich

Hazel passed away quietly on Jan. 23, 2013 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, Ore.

Born on July 20, 1918 near Enterprise, Ore., in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon, Hazel spent her youth caring for her younger siblings and, for a time, working in the hop yards of the Yakima Valley. She married Phil Telford in 1937 and moved with the family to Los Angeles during the World War II years, where she and Phil both worked for North American Aircraft in the war effort.

The family eventually returned to the Northwest in 1948, where she worked in the Mabton hop fields, joined the kitchen crew of the Mabton School Districted, worked in retail sales in Sunnyside, and finally worked as a window clerk for the U.S. Post Office, from which she eventually retired.

Hazel married Erv Gennrich in 1968, and the couple moved to Goldendale in 1985, where she lived until her passing.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, George W. and Mary Myrtle Myers; all of her four brothers and five sisters, both husbands, and one grandson.

Hazel is survived by her two sons, Philip Telford and Roger Telford and their wives, Norma and Joan, all of Goldendale; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Hazel’s cremated remains will be interred in the Phoenix, Ore., Pioneer Cemetery near her mother, father and several siblings.


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