In memory of

Hazel Linsted

March 17, 1934 - January 12, 2021
Hazel Linsted

Hazel Linsted

Born: March 17, 1934
Died: January 12, 2021
Age: 86
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   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.


Public Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Monday
January 18, 2021
United Methodist Church
Nemaha, Iowa

Betty Kiboko
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday
January 17, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Delaware Township Cemetery
Nemaha, Iowa


Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:21 PM
- Jeff Krueger
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:21 PM
- Michael Davis DVM
Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4:17 PM
“Hazel was truly a person that made Nemaha famous and fun place to visit. Don's class reunion a few years ago even had to stop there to share great memories of Nemaha and Hazels. Too many times in this busy world we don't appreciate special people like Hazel until they are not with us anymore with their special qualities that we now remember and miss. Sympathy to her family from Az, Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:23 AM
“ Gosh, Hazel was an integral part of my young years. I grew up on a farm by Nemaha. We rode our bikes "to town" and a treat was to get a "pop" at Hazel's. As a teenager our bean walking crew would often stop in for a pop at the end of our day. Often she would be back in her residence so it was just standard protocol to help ourselves and put our money on the counter. I left for college in 1975 and never moved back but since my family still lived there, I visited often, always seeing her at church or community events. She ALWAYS remembered me by name and had a smile and genuine greeting of welcoming home. I don't know if she ever realized what a huge part she played in the community. We all LOVED her. Bless you all in your loss and bless Hazel on her journey home. ”
- Debra Cook
Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:23 AM
- Bob Dagit
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:37 AM
- Georgia Vajpeyi (Norris)
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