February 8, 1913 ~ July 16, 2008

Born in: St. Louis Co., MO,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Hazel Frances Lampe Kettenbach, 95, formerly of 650 Caribou Rd., Apt. 212, Asheville, died on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at Aston Park Health Care Center. A native of St. Louis Co., MO, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Mary Diesterhaus Lampe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Kettenbach, who died in 1989. Mrs. Kettenbach was of the Catholic faith, and had been a member of the Church of the Holy Family, in New Haven, MO. Mrs. Kettenbach is survived by her daughter, Carol Wagner and husband Alan, of Weaverville; foster-son, Jim Williams and wife Pat, of St. Louis, MO; sister, Ruth Lewis, of St. Louis; grandchildren, Heather Bullman, Angela Wagner, and Allana Wagner Robinson; great-grandchildren, Korie Wagner, Hannah Bullman, Konner Robinson, Zachary Bullman, and Kolten Robinson; and several nieces and nephews from the St. Louis area. A memorial service for Mrs. Kettenbach will be held at a later date at the Church of the Holy Family, in New Haven, MO. Memorials may be made to Mountain Care for Senior Citizens, 68 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28803. The family expresses thanks to the staff of Aston Park Health Care Center for their love and extended care for Mrs. Kettenbach.

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  1. My dear Aunt Hazel, I loved you very much. I am so grateful for your return love, and your nurturing and guidance when I was a youth. You were my main ‘baby-sitter’ though I stayed with you and Harry often, even into teen years.
    And your great and happy spirit was an example to all for all of your years on this earth. Perhaps that spirit is the biggest reason you lived so long. I will miss our telephone conversations, our reminiscences of long ago days, and your optimistic looks to the future. I am a lucky individual to have had a relative like you in my life. Of course, no matter what anyone says, we don’t know what happens after death–but here’s hoping you can somehow know these words that are written in your memory, and in your honor. With eternal affection–your nephew Rick Adamie
    P.S. All comfort to Carol, Alan, and family–and to Jimmy.

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  2. To the Kettenbach familyI well remember Hazel when she lived at Laural Wood apt.She would bring her paintings out and show them to us and she was very good with them–Her suffering is over and she is at home now with God the Father–He will take good care of her until we all shall be at Home–God Bless each one–your loss is Heavens Gain—Hazel’s Friend Lou

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  3. Dear Aunt Hazel,
    What can I say, I remember all the fun we had together over the summers I visited at the house in New Haven, learning to fish and play pokeno and most of all playing bingo at the bingo hall, and all the stories you and Nana share with me. I glad my daughter got to visit you and carol’s family 4yrs ago. I will truely miss you and all the wisdom you shared with me, on how to be a strong woman.
    We love and miss you, you will alway be in our hearts forever.
    Love
    Hollie and Shelbie

    PS. to Carolann and family I always here for you.

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  4. Aunt Hazel,
    Where has the time gone. I remember like it was yesterday going to your house in the summer and fishing and running around playing with the ‘girls’, because I was the only boy back then. I was deeply sadden when I heard of your death, but then I had to think of all the wonderful memories you brought to me and many others. You will be missed but never forgotten.

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  5. I remember hazel so well as sweet..when she lived here at laurel wood apt. my love and blessings to all her amily…

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  6. Hazel was a generous woman. Like her daughter, Carol, she raised kids the way other people raise flowers. There are a lot of people in the extended Kettenbach-Lampe family who owe much of their upbringing to Hazel.
    Also, I admired Hazel’s sense of fun. She loved card and dice games. She laughed whether she won money or lost it. I believe she just liked being with people having fun. Hazel will have the angels and saints playing cards and laughing, and she will be too.

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  7. My dearest Aunt Hazel, my second Mother.
    Words and feelings, emotions are in no compare to our family loss.
    This wonderful lady raised me as a kid. Spent countless hours of most likely worrying herself where I was in the neighbor, or out on my dirt bike, walking thru the woods in New Haven. She always had a smile for me. We always go shopping; my favorite thing was McDonalds (we went there a lot).
    We spent countless hours’ playing cards, pokeno and other games. And I think her favorite thing was to tell me she was going to give me thirty latches with a wet noodle when I was bad. We had a lot of fun together and I miss those days.
    She always told me she was going to live to be hundred years old. I sure thought she would, she almost made it. I don’t think I’ll make it close to 95.
    She will always be in my hart, I love you Aunt Hazel.

    James Scott Boyce

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  8. Grandma:
    I believe that you are already playing tricks on me. You are sitting back giggling- struck my first entry right off this site- it disappeared- all because I wanted to pull your hands out from under those covers. I just wanted to touch you.
    ‘We are confident, yes,well pleased rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.’ To the living, this is sometimes hard to swallow, but I believe that faith is knowing that you are now in a much better place. A place that is safe to you; a place with no trees, no storms, and no worries. Memories are the livings greatest gift. They give us the ability to remember our most cherished moments and keep those moments alive in our hearts. Your body is gone, but your soul will shine through those that you have touched. I will remember- I will remember bingo and pokeno…you were hot dog the luckiest winner- I always wanted to trade cards with you. I will remember shopping and cherrios and I will wrap myself in your crocheted blankets. I will remember your Lake and Florida and how you calmed me down as I held Korie in the bathroom waiting out a storm. I will remember how happy- how truly happy the sight of Korie made you. I will remember Grandma, GiGi…I will remember you.
    I love you,
    Allana

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  9. Dear Carol Ann and family:
    How sad I was to learn about your Mom’s passing. I’m so glad I got to see Hazel back in 2001 when little Cory escorted her from the car into your house, calling her ‘Gigi.’ He was so gently with her. What I remember most about Hazel is her laughter and the twinkle in her eyes…Hazel laughed (and giggled as others have said) with her whole face.

    Hazel, I’m sure you are up in heaven with Harry. I bet you two are in a card game with my mom and dad and Sis and Emmitt. Maybe all your sisters are looking on as well as your mom and even Tracy, wondering who is going to win the pot. I can even hear you laughing as you rake in the chips.
    I can hear your voice now, saying, ‘Hi, Peach,’ and asking about the girls.
    You will certainly be missed by so many.

    Love,
    Phyllis Sherwin, known to all as Peaches

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  10. We remember our aunt,Hazel,as a caring
    and loving person ready to help others.She loved her family so very much.Most of all, we remember her for her giggling. We loved to hear her make us happy with a giggle or two.

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  11. Carol and Family,
    I am very sorry the loss of GIGI. She seemed an extraodinary lady and I am honored to have had the privelage of meeting her. GOD Bless you all as you move on from this time.

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  12. To the family of Mrs. Kettenbach: My name is Joie Gilstrap. My mother was Mrs. Kettenbach’s roommate at Aston Park from March-June of 2007, when she passed away. Her name was June Fisher. Mrs. Kettenbach was a very nice lady and I enjoyed visiting with her when I went to see Mom each day. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  13. Hazel was my mother. She was a loving, nurturing person. When she was younger, she loved to dance. She was a wonderful seamstress and loved to make clothes for her twin granddaughters. Mom loved her family more than anything else. We had many fun times playing Pokeno. Mom would get as excited as the kids just playing games. Momma, you just rest in peace now. We had many good times and have so many happy memories. I will miss you so much momma. But I know you are in Heaven with Daddy and God has taken you in.
    Watch over us momma. You will be in my heart forever. I love you. Carol Ann

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  14. Loosing Grandma is such a sad occasion, yet we have been fortunate to have spent so much time with her here in Asheville, NC. I especially enjoyed Grandma’s childhood stories about all the little intrigues she and her sisters would get into. Often times, we would be crying with laughter before she could get to the end of a particularly funny memory.

    I have begun posting some photos of Grandma, so make sure to click on the ‘PHOTO GALLERY’ link on the left hand side of this website to see them. Grandma, you will be dearly missed!

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  15. A little over ten years ago I was so excited to get married. The only thing I could have been a little more excited about was that my grandma was finally moving to Asheville. My husband and I moved her here about a month after we were married. I got to see grandma almost everyday which was such a blessing because I ALWAYS wanted her to move here. We decorated her apartment, went shopping many, many, many times at Walmart, went out to eat, had sleepovers, trips, listened to music and talked and talked and talked. I am just so grateful that I got to have the past ten years with grandma. She was 85 years when she moved here and remained very active until the last two years. I am deeply saddened to see her go but i know that she is at peace now. I love you grandma.

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  16. GOD’S GARDEN

    God looked around his garden
    And found an empty place.
    He then looked down upon the earth
    And saw my sister’s tired face.

    He put his arms around her
    And lifted her to rest.
    God’s Garden must be beautiful.
    He always takes the best.

    Ruth Lewis–Hazel’s ‘baby’ sister

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  17. IN MEMORY OF MY SECOND MOM,YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART, AND BE LOVED FOREVER.
    GREAT TIMES, WONDERFUL MEMORIES WILL STAY WITH ME AND YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY.
    THANKS HAZ. FOR BEING A GREAT SPECIAL AUNT AND SECOND MOM TO ME
    LOVE YOU
    BARBARA JEAN

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  18. Carol, Alan, Heather, Angela & Allana

    I am very sorry to learn about Hazel’s passing. I know this is a very hard time for all of you.

    I will always remember all the good visits we had next door.

    I’m sure Mom & Dad are visiting with her right now, catching up on all the good old days!!!

    My thoughts are with all of you.

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  19. Carol and Family,
    I have just gotten out of the hospital on Thursday and heard about Hazel, I wanted to let you know what a special person she was to me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love Carolyn Lewis

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