Hazel Elizabeth Bennett Baer Metzler

December 17, 2010

AUG. 29, 1916-DEC. 17, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Hazel Elizabeth Bennett Baer Metzler died Dec. 17, 2010 in her 95th year at Menno Haven Retirement Community in Chambersburg, Pa., where she had been a resident for 5 1/2 years.

She was born Aug. 29, 1916 in Cumberland, Md., the second child of Frank and Theoda Mae Collins Bennett.

She was married to Amos Charles Baer on April 10, 1939 in Cumberland, where they lived for several years before moving to  Maugansville/Hagerstown, Md.

Hazel and Amos were parents of five children, all of whom survive: Bonnie (and Gordon) Zook, Harrisonburg, Va., Bill (and Nancy) Baer, Waynesboro Pa., Linda (and Gary) Nelson, Leesburg, Va., Larry Baer, Edgewater, Md., and Franklin (and Retha) Baer, Harrisonburg. Amos died in a vehicle accident near Hagerstown on June 24, 1976.

Hazel married Isaac John Metzler on May 6, 1978, and they lived in Plant City, Fla., Cumberland and Harrisonburg, where Ike died on Sept. 23, 2001. Hazel moved to Chambersburg in 2005.

Two stepsons survive, John (and Mary Ann Metzler, MonteVallo, Ala. and Dennis (and Kathy) Metzler, Winter Haven, Fla.

Hazel was preceded in death by a great-grandson, and two brothers and two sisters, Ernest Bennett, Elkhart, Ind., Theresa Miller, Goshen, Ind., Lorraine Metzler, Plant City and Frank Bennett Jr., Cumberland. She is survived by 13 grandchildren, Betsey Zook, Matthew Zook, Laurie Bender, Mindy Warren, Chris Baer, Jannon Baer, Stephanie Nelson, Steven Nelson, Joshua Baer, Jennifer Webb, Julia Baer, Christina Sinquefield, Stacey Metzler; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Hazel attended two years of Junior College at Eastern Mennonite College from 1934-36. She was a member of Pinto Mennonite Church, Cumberland and North Side Mennonite Church, Hagerstown. She was a children's Sunday school teacher for many years.

A creative homemaker and hostess, Hazel took great satisfaction in the restoration of Paradise Manor, Amos' ancestral home near Hagerstown. With her son, Franklin, she published a lifetime collection of poetry, memories and essays in 2009, entitled, "Creative Reflections of a Young Woman." She was cherished by many as a wise and caring friend.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

There will be a private burial Wednesday morning at Stoufferstown Cemetery in Chambersburg.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Menno Haven Retirement Village, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg. The Rev. Gordon Zook will officiate.

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