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Hazel E. Drnec

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:00 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY, Ill. — Hazel E. Drnec, 104, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Heritage Health in Dwight.

Born Dec. 18, 1908, in Jonesboro, Ill., Hazel was a daughter of the late Henry and Hattie Carlock-Knupp. She was raised and educated in Zeigler, Ill. On July 20, 1929, Hazel married James Drnec in Zeigler, and together they moved to Coal City in 1941.

Hazel worked as a seamstress at the local garment factories until her retirement, and also managed Lake Will with her husband for several years. She was a member of NewHope Presbyterian Church, where she was quite active and involved. Hazel enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting, and often sewed locally for the community.

Survivors include two daughters Ruth Everts of Diamond, Ill., and Jane (Frank) Anselmo of Coal City; five grandchildren, Nanci (Tom) Weideman of Hoover, Ala., Paul (Nancy) Everts of Channahon, Ill., Janice (Jim) Corpus of Peoria, Ill., Ellen (Mike) Smith of London Mills, Ill., and Betsy (Bill) Stahler of Coal City; 12 great-grandchildren, Cara (Ara) Dombourian, Lynn Weideman, Bradley Weideman, Christa Everts, Jeffrey Everts, Audrey Everts, Daniel (Stefani) Corpus, Keith Corpus, Matthew (Erin) Smith, Sarah Smith, Mary Stahler, and Jim Stahler; five great-great-grandchildren, Lily Dombourian, Cecilia Smith, Emma Dombouriam, Grayson Corpus and CharlotteSmith, with another on the way; one sister-in-law, Doris Knupp of Arkansas; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents Henry and Hattie Knupp; one sister, Hester Bennett; three brothers, George Knupp, Irvin Knupp, and Russell Knupp; and her son-in-law, Paul Everts.

Cremation rites have been accorded per the wishes of Hazel.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 1, from 9 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. in New Hope Presbyterian Church, 80 North Garfield Street (at First Street) in Coal City. Pastor Nate Manzo will officiate, and a private family inurnment will follow in Bohemian National Cemetery, Braidwood.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves FuneralHomes Ltd. in Coal City. For additional information, call (815) 634-2125.

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