Hazel V. Singer
An Obituary and her Son’s story of her life.
Hazel Singer was 100 years old at the time of her death. She was the farm girl daughter and tenth child of Harvey and Amelia Van Syckel, tenant farmers. Born at the farm home in Mt. Pleasant, N.J. in 1919, she moved via horse and wagon at age two to the new tenant farm in Asbury, N.J. School was in a two room schoolhouse. Hazel attended but did not graduate from Phillipsburg High School. A Dale Carnegie course at the old Easton High School was important to her life. Her parents probably never in their lives traveled farther than Trenton, NJ. Hazel’s single visits to Ireland and Scotland were not of great value to this farm girl.
She married Russell Singer shortly after her 20th birthday. When he died in 2007, they had been married for 67 years. She married a Pocono hills farm boy who was an accounts receivable clerk for Koh-i-Noor, a pencil company in a failed silk mill in Bloomsbury, NJ. Life was enough of a struggle in the early 50s that they considered becoming dairy farmers. He retired after 39 years as the CFO of the same company. Hazel was never comfortable as the wife of a white-collar manager.
In addition to being the mother of Joanne Rhea and Jim and the grandmother of Gavin DeNyse, Cliinton DeNyse, Bernetta Avery, and Lisa Williams, Hazel was the great grandmother of Jameson and Sophia DeNyse. Hazel is predeceased by her six sisters and three brothers. In life Hazel and her seven surviving siblings lived totally within 15 miles of one another. Dinners with the extended family throughout the year were groaning table affairs as all the women were good cooks and better bakers.
One center of her life was providing growth and development opportunities for her children. She succeeded brilliantly at this task for which they have immense gratitude. Nieces and Nephews tell stories of her support for them. Along with her husband, she was the cofounder of the Singer Family C&E Foundation.
Beyond being a maker of Home, Hazel was a beautician at her sister ‘s business, Mildred’s Beauty Shop on Riegel Ridge for three plus decades. The small town and country customers of The Shop developed long relationships with Hazel and Mildred.
Early in her adult life, Hazel was quiet and shy. She learned to stretch herself. Initially this was through her church community, first in Stewartsville, NJ, then for six decades at the Bloomsbury Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, and finally in Topton, Pa. In the 1950s she pushed outward to the bowling leagues at Riegel Ridge Community Center. In the 1980s she began golfing with her husband. Also in the 80s she and Russell heavily involved themselves with the Community of Air Stream Travel Trailers and by attending summer conventions, visited all the fifty states.
She and Russell moved in 1999 from the home they built on Riegel Ridge to the Lutheran Home in Topton, PA. As before, she loved the friends she made in this stage of her life. Her delight in her grandchildren and, when they were born, her great grandchildren blossomed. Visits by nieces and nephews were highlights.
She drove her own car until she was 97.
Hazel was practical, busy, down to earth, considerate, valued greatly her sense of humor, had trouble receiving gifts from others, and later in life was thought by some to be elegant. She bemoaned her lack of singing ability. She never aspired to stand out, preferring to be respectable in a small community way. Her life had meaning and purpose.
She loved and was and is loved. Her Creator is Thanked for her existence.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00-10:30 AM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexandria Township, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of one's choice.