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Hazel Bernice Lynch, 97, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, formerly of Traverse City, passed away on February 17, 2020, under the loving care of her family and caregivers at Clark Retirement Community.

The daughter of Edward and Vida (Warren) Weber, she was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 53 years, James Edward Lynch, whom she married on April 19, 1941; and her three siblings (Margaret, Raymond and Mary). Hazel is survived by her five children and spouses: Dr. James E. Lynch, Jr. (Priscilla), Kinney L. Lynch (Deborah), Deborah A. Riley (Raymond), Terri C. Halwig and Melissa M. Powers. She had 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

A homemaker for most of her life after a brief stint as “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII, Hazel provided an amazing childhood for her children, full of love and laughter, alongside her prankster husband.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Hazel’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Nancie Stoddard on February 23, 2020 at 10:06 am

    My heart goes out to the entire family during this difficult time. Sending you big hugs.

  2. Patricia Monica on February 24, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Deb, Pete and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers and will call you when we are back in the country.
    Love you all,. Pat and Corbett

  3. Bob and Nancy Brick on February 25, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Pete and Deb…. and the rest of you wonderful Lynch’s! Bob and I remember the good ole days with your wonderful mom and dad. Both of our parents had just a great life together with Jim and Hazel and all of their fun friends. So many pranks and antics over the years. They knew how to live, how to honor each other and everyone around them. We miss our parents and yours very much.
    Bob and Nancy (Stokes) Brick

  4. Jennifer VanWagner on February 6, 2021 at 6:37 am

    I found this very late but I wanted to express my sympathy. I have very fond memories of the family.

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