April 21, 1923 – June 13, 2013
Funeral services for Hazel Irene Buchmeier were held June 18 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lander. Hazel, 90, died June 13 at her home in Lander surrounded by her family.
She was born April 21, 1923, in Fraser Township, Martin County, Minn., the third of nine children of Herman and Rellda Behrens. She grew up on the family farm and received her primary education at a parochial school at their church. She graduated from Fairmont High School in 1940. She obtained her teaching degree at Concordia Teacher’s College in River Forest, Ill. Hazel’s first teaching job was teaching 40 students from first to eighth grades at the parochial school where she received her early education.
Hazel married Roy H. Buchmeier on May 22, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church at Fraser Township.
She was a homemaker and a constant support to Roy. From San Antonio, Texas, while Roy was still in the service, to Worthington, Minn., to Missoula, Mont., where he finished his education at the University of Montana, Hazel was there to encourage and help accomplish their goals.
Roy’s job with the Department of Agriculture took the family to Laramie, Douglas, Jackson, Greybull and Lander. In Lander Hazel worked for Lander Dental Group for 25 years.
She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, trips to the mountains and rock hunting, and spent countless hours in her rose garden. She especially enjoyed attending the many school functions of her children, and later of her grandchildren.
Hazel spent many hours working with youth through the Sunday school at her church, and also with the 4-H program for which she was a leader for over 30 years.
Her husband Roy, her parents, brothers Lloyd, Verne and Dennis, and sisters Mabel and Bonnie preceded her in death.
She is survived by her three children, Melanie Edeler (Mark) of Central Point, Ore., Linda (Jay) Perkins of Phoeniz, and Roger (Ingrid) Buchmeier of Lander; three grandsons, Vern and Tate Edeler and Ryan Buchmeier and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Cornerstone Christian School, 80 Mortimer Lane, Lander, WY 82520.