A life-long learner, curious intellect – open minded and active until the day she passed – Hazel’s passion for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and English history and mythology inspired all who engaged her extensive knowledge.
A Vermonter by birth and educated at Stevens High School ’45, after raising her family, Hazel graduated from Hartford College for Women ’76. Cribbage shark, card “shark,” softball slugger, swimmer, and ballroom dancer; her indomitable spirit captured all of these.
A romantic at heart one of Hazel’s most moving experiences was watching the sun set on the Acropolis of Athens. With Hazel’s sparkling hazel eyes, awareness of current fashion, and personal sense of style, she was always well coiffed and elegantly dressed.
Hazel, a social butterfly, believed in the importance of being an active part of her community. She participated in Volunteers in Action, was a long time member of Catholic Daughters of America, and was a former board member of the Claremont Senior Center.
Hazel rejoins her husband John L. Montano and her brother Stanton Doiron.
The memories of her life and love are shared by her sister Mary Cook, daughters Donna, Laura, Angela, and son John, loving grandchildren Honora, Camille, Tessa, Liam, spouse Julia Bernert and partner Bill Farnsworth.
There are no calling hours at this time. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on June 5th at 12:30 pm at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Claremont, NH, preceded by a visitation at Roy Funeral Home in Claremont from 11 am-12 pm. Committal will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, 88 Prospect Street, White River Jct., VT 05001. Special thank you to Kirsten Testoni and the staff at VNH.
The family invites you to share a memory of Hazel with them or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com.