Oshawa Funeral Home


Hazel Cavell Pedersen

5 September, 193611 May, 2021

September 5, 1936 - May 11, 2021

Hazel peacefully passed away at home with her family. She is finally united with the love of her life – the late Blenos Pedersen and enjoying the eternal presence of her Savior.

Hazel was the loving mom of Douglas, Larry, Marsha, Lorraine and Jodi and cherished mother-in-law to Mark, Danny, Eddie, and Meghan. Family was one of the most important things to her. She was a loving Nana to her grandchildren – Matt, Jennifer, Cathy, Chris, Amanda, Graham, Sonya, Kyle, Tony, Jacob, Samuel and Michelle, and Great Nana to Olivia, Theo and Cameron.

Hazel’s life was full of many blessings, yet her heart was for others. She valued deep relationships with family and friends, she was a natural care giver and encourager to many. Her careers flowed out of her focus on others as a pastor, a nurse, a teacher and a counselor in her later years. Through the years of working for others, she also gave her time to the church and taught others how to be ‘People Helpers. She shared her love and teaching of the Word with her Salvation Army church, friends and family. Her heart’s burning desire was for people to enjoy her love for Jesus and her farewell line to many was “Keep close to the Lord”.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to: The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple – specifically for ‘Partners in Mission’, Donations can be mailed or phoned in at The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple – Partners in Mission 570 Thornton Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6T6 905 436 0011

OR the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.


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John MacDonald

26 May 2021

I was married Darlene Pyke who was Hazel,s nice. Darlene passed away approx.10 yrs ago. I have very found memories of both Hazel & Blenos. We looked forward to watching their 8mm films every time they came home to Sydney. Hazel always had good sensible advice to give anyone, especially about our Lord. Darlene & I always appreciated her knowledge and wisdom. To Jodi & Marsha & Family: - I know you are secured of your mom,s eternity but I know she,ll be surely missed. I pray that God comforts you all in this time of loss. God Bless ... John MacDonald & Family, Sydney, N.S.

Cathy Eisen

17 May 2021

Our condolences to Marsha, Lorraine, Jodi, Doug, Larry, your spouses, children & grandchildren on the passing of Hazel. She had a real love for God and all of His people. Hazel was always kind to Michael & me. She loved to chat & was very proud of her family. She will be missed. It's comforting to know that she is safe in the arms of her loving Saviour & reunited with her soul mate Blenos.

Love Cathy and Michael

Ann Copple

16 May 2021

My memory of Hazel goes back to when I was a Cadet and part of our ministry was to visit The Salvation Army’s hospital and I remember seeing her in the maternity ward working with the babies. Going forward many years, I knew both of them and especially when I was a Chaplain in an the Salvarion Army institution- one of the people who had graduated was having a difficult time and called me to ask if I knew someone who could counsel her. My mind went to Hazel, knowing of her ministry. She was amazing and followed up so faithfully. When the person, sadly, passed away, Hazel accompanied me to the funeral home. Then we met a few times after that for coffee, sharing how much she missed her husband, and all about her lovely family. She was a great encourager to me. I thank the Lord every day for that experience and blessing.

Jenn Dunstan

15 May 2021

The Pedersen family lost our beloved matriarch, Hazel Pedersen. Affectionately called ‘nana’ by everyone—those lucky enough to have known her their whole lives, and every new addition to our family gatherings.

She was a beacon of love and empathy, and a generous source of warm hugs. As one of her 12 grandchildren, I witnessed love over-countable. While notably the godliest woman you may ever meet, she never made you feel like your faith was ‘less than.’ She was a great listener, an enthusiastic debate opponent and the biggest fan of her great-grandkids, her ‘little people’. A playful soul and a lifelong romantic, she would often share memories of my Poppy from their years together: as young preteens to his passing in 2002.

When I got the chance to have a final visit and hold her hand this month, she shared her frustrations. Why was God waiting so long to take her home? For nearly two decades, she has been patiently waiting to reunite with the love of her life.

I’m heartbroken for our loss, but grateful to know that she’s finally at peace beside her best friend. I love you, nana.

Amanda Noble-Gresty

14 May 2021

I called her "Nana" and she called me her "hummingbird". She was one of my closest friends.

We spent so much quality time together during my 30 years of life. I'll always remember picking her up and taking her out, sometimes for coffee, an ice cream or a meal (there was usually food involved). We spent much time in my parent's backyard; enjoying the sunshine, swimming and discussing life. Also remembering, Christmas at their house, with multiple Christmas trees and most of our family. Trips to Florida and BC. A lifetime of memories that I'll cherish more now than ever.

I feel so lucky that for the last few months of her life she was living with me and I had many opportunities to sit with her quietly, talk with her, care for her and hold her hands. Often telling her how much I loved her.

My heart aches as I think about the void her passing has left in my life. I always assumed she'd be at my wedding and hold my children but this wasn't in the cards. However, I am comforted by the idea that even though her physical precense is no longer here, with me, her spirit lives on in me and all those around me whose lives she touched.

It was an absolute honor and privilege to be her granddaughter. I will miss her very much. I loved her "over countable" (even if I don't know what it means Auntie Jodi). I'm so proud to be a part of the amazing family she created.

Rest in peace Nana.

Love always,
Amanda (your hummingbird)

Sheila Waddell

14 May 2021

Hazel was a long-time friend. Grant and I had some wonderful times with "Blenos & Hazel", and will cherish those precious memories.

Since Blenos went home to be with the Lord, Hazel & I have enjoyed many special times together. We laughed a lot, and enjoyed some good discussions.

I'll miss Hazel so much, but one day will see her again. Until then, dear friend, be at peace with the Lord. You are home with your beloved Blenos.

Love always,
Sheila & Grant xx

Wilson & Winnie Perrin

13 May 2021

Jodi and family
We want to express our sincere sympathies to all the family on her passing. She is Gone to be with the Lord whom she loved and served. An influencer to many.
A great legacy of faith ... well done faithful servant.

Marion & Al Wilfong

13 May 2021

Sorry to hear about Hazel's passing. We both have so ,any memories of both of them. My wonderful memory was from the years that I helped her with the Oasis program at Oshawa Temple helping abused women & children. It was such a rewarding time. We are thinking of the family & praying that they will find comfort in knowing she is in heaven. 🙏🙏

William King

13 May 2021

My memory of Hazel was from Labrador City days as she with her smile and next to her love, Blennis. They were was very involved in the Corps. . and very faithful to God, family, Army and friends. Rest in Peace.

To her children May the God of All Comfort be with one and all during these difficult days.

Fern Pedersen-Brown

11 May 2021

I have known Hazel most of my life. I was seven when our family moved to Sydney, NS where Hazel became my friend and I loved her mother who spoiled me when ever I went to visit. Our family moved often, and when we were in Grand Prairie, AL Hazel wrote to me and sent me a lovely picture of herself. However, the picture kept disappearing from my room, and I could always retrieve from my brother's dresser. Later he would marry Hazel, and being soul-mates they had many good years together and were parents to five children. Hazel, my friend, my sister-in-law, is with her Master today and I imagine God would make it possible for the two soul-mates to be together again. Love you all. Auntie Fern

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