Hazel L. “Hazie” (Corcoran) Leonard, 88, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her children.
Hazel was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Madison, the daughter of John and Lottie (Haakenstad) Corcoran. She grew up in a small house with seven siblings without running water or electricity that her father built at Quarry Park on a homesteaded piece of land. They all attended West School. She was the last surviving member of the family of 10 that lived there for 70 years.
After graduating high school, Hazel was united in marriage to Eldan L. Leonard on July 24, 1948. They moved to Baraboo in 1953 to be the owners of the Fox Hill Inn until 1965. Hazel then worked as a data entry processor at Badger Ordnance, Baraboo Foods and retired from Wisconsin Dairies in 1992.
Hazel enjoyed cooking and especially trying new recipes from her extensive cookbook collection. She and Eldan spent many fun-filled hours camping, fishing, bird watching, and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. She loved having parties for family, visiting with company, and garage sales. Her love of her family was like no other but she always made sure to take care of anyone who needed it, family or not.
She is survived by three children, Terry Vanduch (Dave), Vance Leonard (Suzanne), Tona Leonard (David); seven grandchildren, Derrick Vanduch, Jennifer Vanduch Smith (Scott), Moonflower Vanduch, Shawna Earle, Katie Leonard, Crystal Crenshaw (Derek), Taylor Crenshaw (Brianna); 14 great-grandchildren, Zoe, Derrick, Scout, Thomas, Klaryssa, Tariq, Corbin, Casey, Codey, Brittney, Janessa, Cassidie, Drake and Tayson; two great-great-grandchildren, Silas and Liam; two sisters-in-law, Janet Leonard Hand and Colleen Corcoran Savage; and other nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Hazel was preceded in death by a son, Benny Jay Leonard; seven siblings and their spouses, June “Doll” (John), Jackie, Bessie (Bob), Doris ”Dude” (Harry), Donald “Doc” (Marion), Harold “Dukie” and James “Jimmy.”
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Mackenzie Colby officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home. Private inurnment will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery.