Hazel Walkenhorst celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 9 at a huge party with her family, including most of her 37 grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with the staff of Garden Villas of O’Fallon.
“Hazel is one of our most active residents,” according to Anna Beilsmith, activity director at Garden Villas of O’Fallon. She participates in almost all of our activities, has many friends and loving family that visit often.”
Hazel was married to her late husband, Charles, for 54 year and was blessed with six children. The couple met at Procter and Gamble where Charles was a welder and Hazel was a product tester. Along with her career at Procter and Gamble, Hazel taught Sunday school for 20 years and attributes her longevity to God’s blessing for her Sunday school work.
Hazel is no stranger to excitement. She rode the Ninja at Six Flags when she was in her 70s and parasailed with her grandson in Mexico in her 80s. She has tap danced throughout her life and joined the Silver Steppers when she was in her 60s. She danced with that senior group for several years.
Hazel currently enjoys the recreational programs at Garden Villas of O’Fallon, where she has lived for the past few years. Some of her favorite activities are exercise classes, crafts and Happy Hour.