Michael ‘Mike’ F. Hazen, 67
July 9, 1947 – Nov. 15, 2014
Michael “Mike” F. Hazen, 67, of St. Joseph, died Nov. 15, 2014 in Talahi Care Center, St. Cloud. A gathering of family and friends was held Nov. 21 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Hazen was born July 9, 1947 in Racine, Wis. to Charles and Josephine (Matranga) Hazen. He married Stephanie Kottis on July 20, 1974 in Racine. Hazen worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Burroughs Welcome Co. for more than 25 years, until becoming an independent sales representative with other pharmaceutical companies. He was also a substitute teacher at Tech High School where he taught history. Hazen started the Dollars for Scholars program in St. Joseph; and was very proud of the impact that program made for young adults. He enjoyed reading, playing Farkle with his coffee guys, socializing and venturing to local restaurants. He was a strong person who loved his family dearly.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years Stephanie of St. Joseph; sons, Bradley (Tamera Larson) Hazen of Okinawa, Japan and Jonathan (Christina) Hazen of St. Joseph; brothers, Gary Hazen of Moab, Utah, Bruce (Ingrid) Hazen of Tucson, Ariz., Brian (Phyllis) Hazen of Racine; sister-in-law, Betty Kottis of Amsterdam, Holland; grandchildren, Nikolaus Charles Hazen and Samuel Blanchard; and greatly anticipated the birth of his third grandson, Kiran Maki Hazen in February of 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Arthur Nau; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Stroke Association or Epilepsy Foundation.