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Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 12:00 am

WAYNE - Services for Hazel James, 91, Wayne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church here. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Schumacher-Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.

She died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

Memorials are directed to Our Savior Lutheran Church building fund.


Hazel Kathryn Josephine James was born Jan. 1, 1915, to Emil and Lula (Carr) Backstrom near Wakefield in Dixon County. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church of Wakefield. Hazel attended Dixon County District 78 and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1932. She moved to Wayne, working as a cook for the Benthack Hospital from 1933 until 1941 at Fourth and Lincoln Street.

Hazel was married to Theodore James on Oct. 15, 1941, at Central City. The couple moved to Inglewood, Calif., where they worked for North American Aviation. Hazel was an expeditor making B52's and Mustangs. In 1966, after working 28 years, the couple retired. They moved to Wayne in 1969. Hazel was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Hazel is survived by her brothers, Lawrence (Blanche) Backstrom and Morris (Bernadine) Backstrom of Wayne; brother-in-law, John Hill of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, husband Theodore in September 1984, two brothers and two sisters.

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