Hazel M. Townsend

Jul 23 1929
Mar 24 2024
94 Years
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Hazel M. Townsend, 94, of Parkesburg, PA, formerly of Cochranville, PA, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, March 24, 2024. She was the wife of the late William C. Townsend who passed away in January 2022. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine (Powell) Mellinger. 

Hazel worked as a cashier at the former Webster's Store in Ercildoun, East Fallowfield, PA. She was a fifty-year member of the Cochranville Eastern Star Chapter #347 and currently remains a member of Robert Fulton Chapter #446. Hazel was also a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Gum Tree.

Hazel’s happiness centered around family, friends and taking care of others. She enjoyed her summers by the pool and helping her husband tending to the garden, freezing and canning the bounties of their garden. Her love for Eastern Star was shown in the number of stations she served in and the succession to Worthy Matron twice and District Deputy Grand Matron. Family meant the world to her, especially in her older years as grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived. 

She is survived by her daughters and sons in law; Sandra and Jeff Pluck of Parkesburg, and Pamela and John Hochmuth of Raleigh, NC, five grandchildren; Rob Webster, Michele Reynolds and husband Mark, Jessica Detwiler and husband Chris, David Hochmuth and wife Shannon, and Ashley Bellamy and husband PJ; seven great-grandchildren; Lily, Cole, Piper, Landon, Shealyn, Ava and Harper and a sister, Ruth Johnson of Modena. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leroy, Wayne, Donald, Bobby, and Johnny Mellinger, and her sisters, Betty Smith and Doris Meredith. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. from the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg, PA with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Star services will be held at 10:55 a.m. Interment to follow at Friendship Methodist Cemetery in Gum Tree. For the past 18 months, Hazel received loving hospice care; in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Brandywine River Valley Hospice, 1011 West Baltimore Pike, Suite 207/208, West Grove, PA 19390.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA. Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Mar 30 2024 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home


Aunt Hazel was one of my first memories of going to PA. I still remember running as a small kid across the wet grass from Grandma Mellingers house to visit. In later years when I visited with my sister , daughter and mom she was so very welcoming and would host a great family picnic ❤️ She will be missed , especially on our next trip to PA   




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Aunt Hazel will be truly missed. She was a wonderful person and strong woman who loved her family and friends and always had time for a visit. My thoughts and prayers for the family 

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Truly a kind and lovely lady. Such rarity of goodness will be surely missed in the world.

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We always enjoyed Hazel when she visited John and Pam. She always seemed to enjoy listening to all of our lively conversations with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. We will miss you Hazel. 

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We send our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Hazel will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We loved seeing her on her visits to Raleigh. Always a sweet  happy lady. Rest in peace Hazel. 🙏

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My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, Sandy and Pam lovingly cared for Hazel. Her smile will be forever remembered. Always a fun and nice lady with a smile that was contagious. Many check outs at Websters over the years!!

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Dear Aunt Hazel it is with both joy and sadness that I welcome you into God's eternal dwelling place. The sadness will only last a short time however. I will always remember the good times we all had during Mom Mom and Pop Pop Townsend's summer picnics.The baseball games were a big hit playing with you and Aunt Jane. May God give extra strength to all your friends and relatives during this difficult time.

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Tirzah and I knew that Hazel was a wonderful person, and wish that we could have gotten to know her, her husband and family better. 
   The service at Wilde Funeral Home on Saturday Mar. 30 was especially inspiring and informative; our thanks to Friendship Church Pastor Scott, as well as Hazel’s family and others who also contributed  

Our sincere sympathy and blessings to you all!

-Derq Howlett, Music Director,

Friendship United Methodist Church 


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My thoughts and prayers are with you may God comfort you in your time of loss Hazel was a blessing to all who meet her she was a loving and caring woman see always made you feel at home and trust and believe you never left hungry I will always cherish the time I got to spend with you and Pop Pop Rest in peace

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