Nov. 30, 1923-Oct. 8, 2006
BENKELMAN -- Izetta P. Hardwick, 82, died Sunday (Oct. 8, 2006), at the Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport.
She was born Nov. 30, 1923, to Henry and Louise (Swanson) Pickrel at Moorefield. Her father traveled for the Standard Oil Co. and therefore she grew up and attended many schools in the towns in western Nebraska. Wauneta was a particular favorite.
She was married to Bernard Teeple. They moved to Benkelman in 1947. They later divorced and she was employed by her father at the original Valley Farm Supply. She also worked at the County Extension Office.
In 1952, she married Robert Hardwick. She was active in the Women's club, Eastern Star, serving as secretary during her daughters' terms in Job's Daughters, and the American Legion for many years. She and Robert served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Eastern Star.
She retired from a position at Valley Farm Supply in 1993.
She worked at the Benkelman Library for several years and was an active member in the Lutheran church. She also served a term on the City Council.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Bernard and Robert; and one son-in-law, Dick Brasel.
Survivors include her daughters; Beverly Brasel of Ogallala and Mary Lou and husband, Gary Bloomgren of Bayard; son Jim and wife, Janet Hardwick of Norfolk; a sister, Irene and husband, Red Traphagan, of McCook; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.