Janice K. Hazlett
March 26, 1928 – December 29, 2020
Janice “Jan” Kibler Hazlett, 92, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020, at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital after a brief bout with Covid-related pneumonia. Janice was born March 26, 1928, in Mount Clifton VA, the 4th of six children of George and Naomi Kibler, and grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. After high school, Jan attended Madison College where she received a degree in Nutrition, and she married Thomas Calvin Hazlett on April 5th, 1952 in New Market VA. Jan had a fulfilling career serving as a School Dietician for the Lansing School District, as she raised two sons and a daughter. Jan was active in the Burcham Hills Retirement Community and the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Jan was a joy and a blessing to all who knew her, with a gentle kindness that warmed a room and a graciousness that made everyone feel loved and valued. Jan was a superb and inventive cook who mastered East Indian cuisine learned from her mother-in-law Sara Hazlett early on, and who believed that the best part of any meal was the peoplewho shared it. Jan will be remembered by many for creating an annual “Lobster Picnic” clambake-like event with husband Tom which filled their backyard with friends and family every spring for decades in two different states. Jan and Tom shared a true love of travel, and their adventures literally covered the globe.
In addition to her parents, Jan was predeceased by her brother George Lewis Kibler Jr., sister Eva Anna Kibler Shiflett, brother William Lee; “Bill” Kibler, and sister Naomi Lou “Nippy” Kibler Naff. Surviving her in addition to husband Thomas Calvin Hazlett, are her sister Virginia Lee “Bobo” Kibler Saylor, cousin Nancy Ellen Dellinger Zirkle, eldest son Kenneth Hazlett, son David Hazlett (Wendy), daughter Linda Hazlett Nitzsche (Daniel), grandchildren Kathleen “Katie” Elverman (Dennis), Daniel Hazlett,Jake Nitzsche, Kyle Nitzsche, Claire Nitzsche, and great-grandchildren Jack and Will Elverman.
Janice Kibler Hazlett will be buried at a private ceremony in Lansing’s Evergreen Cemetery. Anyone wishing to remember her in a special way may send contributions to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children (“vfwnationalhome.org” for info), 3573 S. Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids MI 48827.