Hazel Irene Porter Schadegg, age 89, died early Tuesday morning, September 24, 2013, at the Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita, Kansas.
She was born January 31, 1924, the 11th of 12 children on a farm near Reece, Kansas, the daughter of John Louis and Viola Sadie (Gray) Porter. When she was around 3 years old, the family moved to a farm between LeRoy and Neosho Falls, Kansas, where she attended grade school in a rural one-room school. When she was 11, her mother died and in 1935, the family moved to a farm in the Virgil, Kansas, area where she later finished school, graduating from Virgil High School in 1941. After graduating high school, she went to Eureka, Kansas, and lived with her oldest sister, Leona and husband. She met Arnold Schadegg while there, then World War II began and about that time Arnold was drafted. She, her sister, and husband, moved to Wichita where Hazel went to work at Boeing.
On May 12, 1943, she married Arnold Schadegg at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. After Arnold was discharged from the service, they lived in Wichita until 1948, moving to Dodge City. Hazel went to work for Hallmark Cards and Books. In 1959 Arnold was sent to Meade and Hazel began working as a bookkeeper and in accounting. She worked for the Wolfe Motor Company and later for DeLissa Ford for over 50 years.
She enjoyed working, reading, watching birds, and her family and friends.
She is survived by her sister, Corinne Porter Maclaskey of Gridley, Kansas; numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; twin brothers, Wilmer and Elmer Porter, John Porter, Arthur Porter, and Earl Porter; sisters, Leona Porter Clark, Alice Porter Crotts, Lucille Porter Linn, Erma Porter Wallace, and Thelma Porter Thompson.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.