Obituary Listings

Hazel Leora Houge

May 5, 1917 August 12, 2018
Hazel Leora Houge
There are condolences waiting approval on Hazel's Tribute wall
Obituary for Hazel Leora Houge

One hundred and one years young! Mother of five, grandmother of 14, great grandmother of 27, and known to many as Grandma Hazel, she was a “Family First” person. Widowed at thirty-eight, she was mother and father for 63 years.

She was a woman of strong faith and devoted member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, renowned kringla baker, talented seamstress, Cyclone fan and long-standing season ticket holder to ISU men’s and women’s basketball.

Hazel was born in Slater, Iowa, to Howard and Lydia (Rimathe) Estrem and lived on a farm with siblings Rachel (Lowman), Casper and Lucille (Accola). She attended a one-room country school for elementary years and graduated from Slater High in 1934, valedictorian of her class.

She married E. Jean Houge, and they lived in Slater before moving to a farm near Boone, Iowa, where besides maintaining the home and caring for five children, she had primary care of chickens and eggs, washed the milking machines and made emergency runs into town for machinery replacement parts during planting or harvesting seasons.

Upon the untimely death of her husband, she and the five children (ages 15-4) moved to Ames, Iowa, where she continued to reside until her recent brief illness. She worked at Iowa State and retired from the ISU Library catalog department shortly before her 70th birthday. Hazel lived independently, renewed her driver’s license in May and drove herself to church just four weeks before her death.

She is survived by children Karen Haines, Wynn (Rita), Curtis (Carol), Rodney (Rose); son in-law Mike Hadaway; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Hadaway; granddaughter, Jill VerHelst; son in-law Douglas Haines and daughter in-law Bette Houge.

Trace Houge Brakke (Chris)
Marshall Haines (Sarah)
Jill Houge Burt VerHelst (deceased)
Angela Houge Moore (Tim)
Ryann Cheung (Gehan)
Crystal Houge Brugman (Dana)
Clinton Houge (Michelle)
Eric Houge (Kira)
Kelly Binkowski (Danny)
Emily Houge
Aasha Edwards
Shana Thomas (Michael)
Rachel Hadaway
Jonathan Hadaway


*When once asked if she knew names of all great grandchildren, Grandma Hazel was somewhat offended—she was just annoyed that she could not remember all the birthdays!

Nat Cheung
Gordon Cheung
Jackson Haines
DJ Haines
Cale Brakke
Dree Ellingworth (Sean)
Hope Brakke
Sari Brakke
Evan Bay Brakke
Hannah Burt
Alyx Burt
Audra Burt
Mary Beth VerHelst
Seth Moore
Drue Moore
Quincy Thomas
Jasmine Thomas
Abigail Brugman
Cecilia Brugman
Stephanie Carleton
Christian Carleton
Chloe Houge
Maddie Houge
Autumn Binkowski
Addyson Binkowski
Piper Binkowski
Zoe Binkowski

Previous Events

Memorial Service




11:00 AM 8/18/2018 11:00:00 AM - 11:45 AM 8/18/2018 11:45:00 AM
Bethesda Lutheran Church (Ames)

1517 Northwestern Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

Bethesda Lutheran Church (Ames)
1517 Northwestern Avenue Ames 50010 IA
United States

Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.