Hazel Mary Walker Deater passed from this world on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 91 years of age. She was born in the village of Holy Cross on October 28, 1928, to James and Mary Walker, and lived there until her early teenage years, when she moved to Seattle. She traveled mostly by dog sled, barge, train and steamers. She stayed with her Aunt Helen in Bremerton. During this time, she graduated from eighth grade at the Our Lady Star of the Sea catholic school in Bremerton. She later returned to Holy Cross.
Hazel moved to Kodiak with her husband and children in 1966. She lived here the remainder of her life, working at the Whitney Fidalgo cannery and later for the Kodiak Senior Center, where she enjoyed all the interactions with the residents of Kodiak. In 2002, she was the grand marshal of the Kodiak King Crab Festival Parade. Hazel loved bingo at the American Legion, and card and board games with her children and grandchildren.
Hazel was preceded in death by her brothers Lawrence, Ralph, Jimmy, Bobby, David and Jerry, her sister Lilian, her favorite aunt Bertha Demoski, and her daughter Joanie Kalmakoff. She is survived by her daughter Ladean and her husband Jeff Burkhardt, grandchildren Lydia and Kory, and great-grandchildren Chandler, James, Emma, William, Kayla, and Nathan; her son Dean and his wife Penny Deater, grandchildren Amanda and James, and great-grandchildren Ryder, Halo, Scarlett, and Kerissa; her daughter Jackie and her husband Micky Shurvaloff, grandchildren Michael and Corbin, and great-grandchildren Aubrey and Lily; her daughter Joanie’s children Tania, Casey, JR, Chris and Nathan, and great-grandchildren Siranda, Kelsen, Easton, Ashlynn, Harlynn, Jordana and Lovanna; her son Chris Deater, and grandchildren CJ and Danny, and great-grandchildren McKanna, Dane, Ada and Bentley; her daughter Earlene Berg, grandchildren Brandy and Aurora, and great-grandchild Kalsin; her daughter Darlene and her husband Steven Rounsaville, grandchildren Robert, Karena and David; her daughter Marlene and long-time partner John Boggs; her son Darren Deater and grandchild Jacob. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews around Alaska and the lower 48.
Due to the current pandemic, no memorial is planned, but donations may be made to St. Mary’s parish in Hazel’s name. Thank you.