Hazel Baughman

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hazel (Hofert) Baughman, 93, Kokomo, passed away at 10:10 a.m. on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at her home.

She was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Linton, the daughter of the late Earl J. and Lena M. (Strietelmeier) Hofert.

On April 8, 1945, she married Donald Warren Baughman. They were married for 61 years, when he preceded her in death, Dec. 26, 2006.

Hazel was a 1941 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School and attended Indiana University and Indiana Business College. She worked as a stenographer in the Ordnance Department Headquarters in the First Troop Carrier Command at Stout Field in Indianapolis for three years. Hazel was a member of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder. She was the church’s first librarian, and a member of the Alicia Coles Circle.

Hazel was an avid gardener, taking great pride in her flowers, vegetables, berries and her yard. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing clothes for her family and furnishings for her home. Hazel and husband Don walked together almost daily in their neighborhood for over 25 years. She was an excellent cook and baker. In later years, she enjoyed traveling with her adult children for family events and sightseeing to destinations such as, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Hazel is survived by her children, Carol (Thom) Sulanke, Carl (Nancy) Baughman and Alan (Sue) Baughman; grandchildren, Sara (Chris) Colvard, John (Lora) Baughman and Army Captain Daniel (Erin) Baughman; great-grandchildren, Maria Colvard, Thomas Colvard, Josephine Colvard, Carter Baughman and Grant Baughman.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Earl J. Hofert, Jr.; and sister, Dorothy Letterman Mengering.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 7 at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Jefferson Street, Kokomo, with Pastor Jerry Van Auken officiating.

Burial at Fairview Cemetery in Linton will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.