Hazel M. Larson, of Merrifield, Minn., passed away peacefully at her home on Horseshoe Lake, Nov. 26, 2011, surrounded by her immediate family. Beloved wife, mother and friend, Hazel was born in Bird Island, Minn., on Sept. 1, 1928, the daughter of Hugo and Mary Lidbeck. As a young woman she moved to Minneapolis where she worked at NSP and met Elmer Larson, her devoted husband of 60 years. Hazel embodied the joy of living; she could make people happy with her presence alone. We will miss her remarkable musicianship, her radiant smile and endless desire to harmonize.