Hazel Strouse LaForce
Hazel Strouse LaForce of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. She was 88.
She was born June 22, 1915, in Garfield County to Edward B. and Bessie (Fee) Strouse.
As a young woman she did social work, and during World War II she worked at the naval convalescent hospital that occupied the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.
In 1950 she married Walter E. LaForce and they moved to Anaheim, Calif., where they raised their two children.
In the mid 1970s, Mrs. LaForce moved to McCall, Idaho, where she designed and oversaw the building of her dream home. She worked locally for the Forest Service and public library.
In 1989, she moved to Coeur d’Alene, where she enjoyed volunteer work at the hospital, social functions with the Rambling Rovers and her membership in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Mrs. LaForce kept her passion for sewing, dancing, horses and entertaining alive even when she could no longer actively pursue those interests. She loved her life as a homemaker, mother and grandmother thoroughly. The friendships she cultivated and lovingly maintained are the greatest tribute to her life and memory.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, S. Lynn and Rhonda LaForce of Palm Harbor, Fla.; by a daughter and son-in-law, Jeri D. LaForce and John Sahlin of Coeur d’Alene; and by a granddaughter, Jordan LaForce Sahlin of Coeur d’Alene.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5, at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene, followed by a reception.
Friends from afar are invited to visit Hazel’s memorial and sign her online guest book at http://www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.
Yates Funeral Home of Coeur d’Alene is in charge of arrangements.
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