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Hazel A. Benson 1931–2019 Cannon Falls—Hazel Ann (VonWald) Benson passed into her Lord's arms on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Hazel was born on a family farm in rural Northfield on August 26, 1931 to Vera (Messner) and Louis VonWald. She attended rural school through 8th grade and then attended Northfield High School. On October 21, 1950, she was united in marriage to Martin S. Benson. Together they raised four children. Hazel was a stay at home mother and very busy homemaker until all the children finished high school. She was a great cook and baker and made the very best buns. Once her children were grown, she worked as a nanny and then for years as a housekeeper for the Cannon Falls Community Hospital, retiring at age 72. Hazel and Martin loved to travel, and two of her favorite places were Hawaii and Branson, MO. Her faith saw her through the loss of Martin on July 5, 2004 after 53 years of marriage. Always a very loving person, her family was very important to her and this was extended to her parents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins. Surviving Hazel are her four children, Debra (Stan) Kjarland, Marty (Jean) Benson, Richard Benson, and Susan (Ken) Koenig; nine grandchildren, Jessica Iverson, Alex (Mim) Reinhart, Calli (Dustin) Burgemeister, Abby (Joseph) Kemper, Christine Benson, Marie (Russell) Kerber, Jacob (Stephany) Koenig, John Koenig (fiancé, Paige Westrum), and Miranda Koenig (fiancé, David Nierzwicki); eleven great grandchildren; sister, Marlys Roberts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Martin; brother, Earl VonWald; and sister, Evelyn VonWald. Funeral service was held on Saturday, July 13 at First English Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls. Memorials are preferred to First English Lutheran Church or to Parkinson's disease research. Inurnment will be held on Sunday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at the Cannon Falls Cemetery. Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls. Online condolences may be directed to

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