Ron and Hazel's 'Travels with Nuggie' travel blog

Hazel Howes (1943 - 2019) BORDER= Hazel Marie Howes passed away surrounded by family at sunrise on Sunday, August 25, 2019 after struggling with cancer for several months.

She is survived by me, her husband of 53 years, our nine living children (and spouses): Glenn (Mei), Annie Bullert (Steve), John (Andrea), David (Alicia), James, Joseph, Andrew (Katie), Tom (Kira), and Sarah. Our infant son Michael preceded her departure (†1981). She is also survived by our 18 grandchildren: Ronald, Kelly, Mitchell, Aveline, Gabrielle, Alexandra, Julia, Laurel, Rheanna, Jack, Amanda, Ariella, Shanaia, Aliyah, Divante, Oliver, Audrey, and a child-to-be-named-later, as well as her sister, Laura Freundschuh.

Hazel was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland in 1943. She moved to Minnesota when she was eight. She met me while at college, and we were married in 1966. Hazel was radiant with love, warmth, and kindness. She loved people, all people, and saw the good in everyone, but she especially loved her family and was devoted to them with limitless generosity. A Catholic, she lived life with a profound trust in providence and apprehension of her maker as a loving parent.

When her parents, Wally and Helen Ehrnreiter, were nearing the end of their lives, she labored with her sister Laura in their aid despite being almost 70 herself and already dedicated to spending so much time with her grandchildren. She would strive to share in the interests of our children. She enjoyed watching Jeopardy, and she was very proud of our oldest son who was a contestant. She used her artistic talent to illustrate a children’s book that our daughter Annie wrote. She spoke politics with our more politically-inclined children—especially Sarah, a SAG-AFTRA attorney. She became a sports fan to bond with others.

Hazel never let disagreements harm her relationships: she saw through ideologies to the people behind them––and she always loved. She said she had no favorites among her children or grandchildren, and she was not lying (we know that because she did not believe in lying). She didn’t need to lie because with each new child, her heart expanded. When someone, like me, told a joke that wasn't quite polite, Hazel felt she should not be approving it by laughing, but if it actually was funny, she couldn't contain herself, her face shaking in silence, complete with tears running down her cheeks, as she tried so hard not to laugh.

In the past 10 years, Hazel and I traveled over 100,000 miles in motorhomes, starting the travel blog after a few years to share our experiences on the road. There are many times when I would wake in the middle of the night, couldn't get back to sleep, and would go back and read and remember some of those great trips we took. Hazel especially liked our trips to her hometown in Newfoundland, and last year when we spent time in Monument Valley, Utah. I hope you will consider taking some time to browse the blog.

Hazel’s effect on the world was immeasurable and it will only multiply with time: we can never repay her, but we strive to pay it forward.

Friends and family will be gathering at the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd, with the eulogy beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the funeral beginning at 11 a.m.

More information about the funeral and final interment can be found here.

I wrote about Hazel and getting ready for the funeral on my aviation website here. You may find it interesting.

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