Hazel Leibenguth

Obituary of Hazel Louise Norris Leibenguth

Hazel Louise Norris Leibenguth, 81, of Pensacola, Florida, passed away on August 7, 2023, in the privacy of her home surrounded by her husband and two daughters. Hazel fought a courageous battle against Alzheimer's disease.

A celebration of life will be held in Connecticut at a future time and place.

Hazel was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Edward Walter Norris and Alma Lagerstedt Norris on November 1, 1941. Hazel graduated from Bloomfield High School as Salutatorian. Hazel met her future husband David Joe Leibenguth while they were both working for Northeast Utilities and married on March 19, 1966. Hazel spent the first ten years of her children's lives at home caring for her family. Hazel eventually went on to become an executive secretary for the Wethersfield Board of Education, a job she enjoyed and took great pride in.

Hazel is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Alma Norris. Hazel is survived by her husband David J. Leibenguth and daughters Carolann Leibenguth and Amy Elizabeth Leibenguth all of Pensacola, Florida. Hazel was a loving Grammy/Nanny to Matthew, Michael & Tyler DePaolis and Dustin VanSchoyck. Hazel was blessed to be a great grandmother to 5 beautiful great grandchildren. Hazel leaves behind her older sister Norma Smith and brother John Norris, all of Connecticut.

Hazel always wore a smile and never had an unkind thing to say about anyone. Hazel had a special group of friends that meant the world to her and in essence were family members. Her family would like to pay special attention to her beloved big sister Norma Smith, and longtime friends Dianne Sullivan, Allyne Campbell and the “Beverly Road Babes” for loving our mother and playing such an important part in her life.

Memorials may be made to one of the many charities Hazel supported “Smile Train” was one of her favorites or something of your choosing as she had too many to list. When you think of Hazel, offer a smile or a brief chat to a stranger, buy someone a cup of coffee for no other reason than you can, give a loved one a hug and leave a little Hazel wherever you go.

The family of Hazel wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice, and her special caregiver named Lexie.

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