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Mercy Jean Hazen, was born 15 November 1931 in Merrill, Michigan, daughter of Paul and Clemence (Martens) Stenke, died Saturday, 17 September 2016 at her home in Barryton, Michigan.


Jean was raised in a Christian home and lived that faith every day of her life. She was a talented artist and shared her beauty with every life she touched.


Jean lived in Merrill, Ypsilanti, and Sandusky, where she met and married Donald Roy Hazen. They spent 61 years together, raising their children, including 40 foster children, and farming in Sandusky, Marlette, Grand Blanc, Shephard, Eaton Rapids, and Barryton.


Services will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Lighthouse Free Methodist Church, 4395 20 Mile Rd, Barryton, MI, with Pastor Darwin Mowat officiating.


Visitation will be at the church, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Thursday at 12:00 PM until the time of the service.


In lieu of flowers, Jean asked that donations be made to the OLAH (Osceola League for Arts and Humanities) in Evart, Michigan, towards a scholarship or to the Lighthouse Free Methodist Church.


Jean leaves her Children: Ronald and Roberta Hazen, Deborah and Delbert Erwin, Michael and Terry Hazen, Fred and Kathy Hazen, Dawn and Dale Barber, Vicki Nun, Susie and Dick Goodman; 25 Grandchildren: Theresa Jewell, Carrie and Tracy Lowe, Jessica Roberts, Nate and Amy Hazen, Sam Hazen, Jane Boyden, William and Courtney Erwin, Rebecca and Tyler Flachs, Levi and Kay Hazen, Luke and Samantha Hazen, Ashley and PJ Doerr, Jennifer Hazen, Melinda and Ron Haines, Erik Barber, Melissa and Todd Jewell, Barbi and Greg Shock, Debbie and Ron Anderson, Mike and Kerri Bryant, Scott and Shannon Nunn, Allison and Tristan Trudel, Rhonda and Brad Holden, Ken and Michelle Goodman, Chris and Bev Diehl, Christy and Mark Hulker, Mariah and Rob Naples; 48 Great Grandchildren; 14 Great-Great Grandchildren; Sister Rebecca Schirmer; and Special Niece Joy.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Donald; infant son, Mitchell; parents, Paul and Clemence Stenke; brother, William Cullen; infant grandson, Paul; and son-in-law, Jerry Nunn.


Graveside services will be held on Friday, 23 September 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Moore Township Cemetery, Moore Road, Snover, Michigan.


The Family wants to thank the very loving caregivers from Hospice of Michigan: Teresa, Nancy, Burt, Donna, and Sue. Their love and support helped all of us through these last few months.


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