Hazel M. Camp, of Niles

Published 9:55 am Thursday, December 27, 2018

July 17, 1926 — Dec. 25, 2018

Hazel Marie Camp, 92, of Niles, died peacefully at 9 a.m. on Christmas Day, 2018 with her family gathered around at Woodland Terrace at Longmeadow in Niles following a brief illness. Her family is grateful for the special care on the holiday offered by the staff of Woodland Terrace.

She was born on July 17, 1926, in Niles, to Henry and Mary (Amerman) Snouwaert. She graduated from Niles High School and lived in Niles her entire life. She was employed for 39.5 years in the administrative offices of the former Pawating Hospital (now Spectrum Lakeland Hospital — Niles), and was a long-time, devoted member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niles.

Hazel’s life was a wonderful example of putting others before herself, whether at work in the hospital, or caring for her family. She enjoyed traveling, including visits to Alaska, Hawaii, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, but more important were her travels to visit her children. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy. She also enjoyed observing wildlife and feeding the birds.

On Oct. 5, 1946, at Wesley United Methodist Church, in Niles, she married Donald Lee Camp with whom she celebrated last year the remarkable 61st anniversary of their wedding. Don preceded her in death just five months ago on July 3, 2018. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth McClary and Frances Vorrath, and a brother, Charles Snouwaert.

Surviving family includes her children, Henry (Kathleen Joyce) Camp, of Fort Myers, Florida, Ronald (Doris) Camp, of Bradenton, Florida, Larry (Sharon) Camp, of Niles, and Dianne Camp (and her husband, Paul Juneau), of Boyds, Maryland; grandchildren LeeAnn Camp, Darrell Camp, Korey (Jaclyn) Camp, Brian Swihart; great-grandchildren Kassidy, Chase, Jolie, and Gage; and Hazel’s sister, Sara “Sadie” Leick of Niles, sister-in-law, Betty (Mrs. Charles) Snouwaert, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Hazel Camp will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1340 Sycamore St., in Niles, with the Rev. Joseph T. Liss of the church officiating. Committal services will follow at Mission Hills.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Contributions in memory of Hazel may be made to Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles. Online condolences may be left at: halbritterwickens.com.