Hazel Blecha at the age of 106.
|Birth:||30 November 1894|
Severy, Kansas, USA
|Death:||29 October 2006|
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
|Age:||111 years, 333 days|
Hazel Blecha (30 November 1894 – 29 October 2006) was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest in the United States.
Hazel Blecha was born in Severy, Kansas, USA on 30 November 1894. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1917 and taught school for two years in Western Kansas. She married Frank Blecha in 1917. He was her high school and college sweetheart. Since he was in military service at that time, (World War I) Hazel's father drove her to Little Rock, Arkansas, to be married. Hazel and her husband settled in Manhattan, Kansas. Hazel was a volunteer worker in her church and in the Red Cross where she supervised a program for knitting for soldiers, prisoners and refugees during WWII. She and her husband lived in Germany after WWII, where he worked for the U.S. government. After her husband's retirement they moved to Deer Trail, Colorado where she continued to live until she was 100 years old. She loved Colorado and said it had perfect weather, beautiful sunsets and wonderful blue sky. Hazel was proud to be Iowa's oldest resident and was looking forward to her 112th birthday in November.
Hazel Blecha died in Des Moines, Iowa, USA on 29 October 2006 at the age of 111 years, 333 days. She is survived by one daughter Carol Sayler; three grandsons Robert Sayler, Larry Sayler and Kenyon Sayler; six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.