Hazel (Thorson) Stoeckeler, 103, died Oct. 7, 2021. She was an artist, designer, author and professor emeritus of the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel in the College of Human Ecology at the University of Minnesota.
She was a graduate of the U of M, having earned a B.S. with distinction in 1940 in art education, journalism and art history, and an M.A. in fine arts and architecture in 1945.
She and her husband Joe built two houses in the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, one in Rhinelander, Wis., and another in St. Anthony Park.
Hazel was also a world traveler. After Joe’s death in 1967, she traveled through all seven continents. Her family estimates she visited more than 100 countries, many alongside her later-in-life partner Dr. Alvin Weber.
In 2008, she published a book of her watercolors, along with the poetry of Elizabeth Weber, entitled “Porthole Views of the World.”
She is survived by her son Dr. Joel Stoeckeler (Jackie Langer) and two grandchildren. A celebration of life has been held.