Hazel Marie Balducci
Hazel Marie Balducci
August 24, 1923 - January 5, 2017
Hazel Marie Balducci, 93, of Sour
Lake, passed away,
Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Kountze Nursing Home, Kountze. She was born on
August 24, 1923, the tenth and youngest child of Frank and Annie Coker
Smith. She was a very devoted member of the Victory
Temple in Beaumont.
was raised in Marquez and Jewett, Texas and
later moved to Galveston, where she met her
husband. In 1953, they moved to Saratoga
and later, moving with their house, to Sour
She will be fondly remembered for her passion
for making the most beautiful, brightly, colored, handmade quilts, and Raggedy
Ann and Andy dolls, too. Her well-manicured yard that came to life in the
spring with gorgeous pink and white Azalea bushes, bridal’s wreath, yellow
Lillys and a rose bush, which was once her mothers, that has survived many
moves over the years.
Several years ago, her yard won “Yard of the
Month” in Sour Lake.
She not only had a green thumb but was an excellent cook, too! How could
we ever forget the German chocolate cakes, 7-up cakes, spaghetti sauce, and
fried chicken, the list goes on. Her favorite sweets, a Three Musketeers
bar and Blue Bell ice cream. And then, there were those nicknames, Pete,
Aunt Pete, and Pecklewood.
Survivors include her son, Richard Balducci
of Sour Lake; sisters-in-law, Noami Ippolito of Austin; Gayle Vanskike of Texas
City; and Joyce Kleimann of Hitchcock; nieces, JoAnn Beth of Houston; and Edith
Shirley of Huntsville; nephews, Delmer Smith and Carrell Smith of Leon; and
munerous other nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents;
husband, Albert Paul Balducci; and several brothers and sisters.
A gathering of Mrs. Balducci's family and
friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017, at
Broussard's, 530 West Monroe, Kountze. Her funeral service will be at 1:00
p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Broussard's, with interment to follow at
Batson. Pallbearers will be, Gary Turnage, Louis Orem, III, John L. Kleimann,
Richard Mansfield, Doss Dillard, and Richard Buller. Honorary Pallbearers
are Gerald Loper and Delmer Lee Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be
made to, Victory Temple, 2630 South 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.