Hazel Linsted, proprietor of Hazel's Cafe in Nemaha, Iowa went to her eternal home on January 12, 2021, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City, Iowa.
Hazel Lucille Godbersen was born on a farm near Odebolt, Iowa on March 17, 1934, to parents Edward and Dorothy (Siebrecht) Godbersen. She grew up on the family farm southwest of Schaller. Hazel attended country school and completed 8th grade at Schaller Community School.
Hazel married Carol Linsted in 1956 and they later divorced. Together they had two children, Lester and Laura.
For several years she worked at the Avenue Cafe in Storm Lake before moving to Nemaha in 1968 and opening her own business, Hazel's Cafe, on Nemaha's busy main street. Like many small town cafes, Hazel's became the hub for the town and rural citizens to cuss and discuss the events of the day. Many celebrations were held within the almost sacred walls and rolling floors of Hazel's Cafe, not the least of which were her own birthday parties on St. Patrick’s Day for many years. Hazel often joined the old boys in a fierce game of euchre which occasionally became so intense that patrons were invited to "GET YOUR OWN DAMN COFFEE" when asked for a refill.
Hazel's was always a 'must stop’ place for RAGBRAI riders, be it before, during, or after the actual ride. RAGBRAI traveled thru Nemaha in 1974, 1998, and 2012.
Hazel was a faithful member of Nemaha United Methodist Church and will be missed by all who knew her, both near and far. She never forgot a name.
Hazel leaves to mourn her son, Lester and wife Cristina; grandchildren Cristian Salazar, Carlos Linsted and Lesly Linsted of Hemet, CA, Michael (Erin) Minta of Oklahoma City, OK, and Rosa Prosser of Riverside, CA; 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Roberta Godbersen and Beverly Alderson both of Schaller, IA; other extended family members and many friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Edward and Dorothy Godbersen; daughter Laura; and brother-in-law Donnie Alderson.