Waterbury – Mrs. Hazel (Lawlor) Craft, 96, passed away on Sunday, March 22, at Regal Care of Waterbury. Though she was 96, her family feels she gradually left as Alzheimer's took her over many years before. She was the widow of George A. Craft.
Hazel was born September 4, 1923 in Waterbury, daughter of the late John and Helen (Mosley) Lawlor. A lifelong resident of Waterbury, she attended local schools and was a graduate of Wilby High School, class of 1941.
Hazel and George were childhood sweethearts, he from Walnut Street and her from Webb. Throughout their marriage, George would often bring home animals such as ducks, chickens, ponies, horses, rabbits, and dogs without any warning. Despite her initial protests, Hazel was the one that could be found sneaking treats to the animals in the yard or dunking cookies in her coffee for them. When George started buying boats, Hazel preferred staying on the beach, usually the beaches of Galilee, Rhode Island. A trip to Rhode Island was never complete without fish and chips from Aunt Carrie’s and a bowl of clam chowder. When not at the beach, Hazel enjoyed watching UCONN women’s basketball games and cheering her great grandchildren on in their various sporting events. Hazel was a caregiver for generations of children. She could always be relied on to happily care for her granddaughter, Marci, and later Marci’s children.
Hazel was blessed to have been cared for by her daughter, Darlene throughout her life with unwavering devotion. The two enjoyed shopping and spending time with one another, always. She also held a special place in her heart always for her nephew, Thomas “Buddy” Crowley. In fact, Hazel would listen to the police scanner each time Buddy was on a shift, not turning it off until she was sure he was safely home.
She is survived by her daughter, Darlene B. Craft of Waterbury; her granddaughter, Marci Craft and her husband John Drewry of Waterbury; her great-grandchildren, Emily, Nellie and Seth Drewry and her nephew, Thomas Crowley of Holiday, FL.
A private graveside service will be held in the New Pine Grove Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church (Mary, Mother of the Church Parish) at a date to be announced. To send notes of sympathy and comfort to Hazel’s family please visit her tribute page at www.berginfuneralhome.com
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