Hazel Eldora Aune, 93, originally of Gatzke, MN, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral services will be held following all of the CDC and State of MN Covid guidelines will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 5, 2020 at United Lutheran Church in Gatzke, MN, with Pastor Tim Lundeen officiating.  Interment will follow at Moose River Cemetery in Gatzke, MN.

Visitation will take place from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.

Hazel Eldora Byklum was born on May 24, 1926 to the late Gullick and Evelyn (Newhouse) Byklum at home in Beltrami County, MN.  She grew up and attended school through 8th grade when she quit school to help her Dad on the farm with milking cows and farm work, as she was the oldest child.  Hazel received her GED in the early 70’s.

Hazel worked at the Grygla Co-op store where she met the love of her life, Juel Aune.  She was united in marriage to Juel on June 5, 1948 in Grygla, MN. The couple made their home on the family farm in rural Gatzke, where they farmed with Juel’s brother Glen, and raised their four daughters, Jaylene, Nadine, Sharon, and Carole.

Hazel worked for several years at the Rex Café in Thief River Falls, Zinsmaster Bakery in Minneapolis, MN, the Land O’ Lakes Turkey Plant in Thief River Falls, Arctic Enterprises in Thief River Falls, Pine to Prairie Home Health Care, and cooked for Senior Meals in Grygla.

Hazel was an avid seamstress in the community sewing everything from quilts, wedding dresses to patching jeans.  She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, dancing, country music, and spending time with family and friends. Hazel was a longtime member of United Lutheran Church in Gatzke, the Lioness Club, VFW and Legion Auxiliaries, and the Fourtown Grygla Sportsmans Club.

Hazel is survived by her daughters, Jaylene Aune, Nadine Wold, Sharon (Greg) Harris, and Carole Aune all of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Sorvig, Nick (Danielle) Harris, Kayla (Sam) Kofstad, Danielle and Shane Wold; seven great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; brother, Wally (Karol) Byklum of Grygla, MN; brother-in-law, Wally Sparby of Thief River Falls, MN; sister-in-law, Bernice Byklum of Oak Creek, WI; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juel; her parents; son-in-law, Ed Wold; sisters, Irene Huffman and Ione Sparby; brother, Ray Byklum; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Gusta Aune; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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