In Memoriam: Longtime Little Silver Resident, Stetsie Hazlett

Longtime Little Silver resident, Helen G. “Stetsie” Hazlett, passed away peacefully on March 18, surrounded by loved ones.

“Stetsie was known for her intelligence, sharp wit, and keen sense of humor, making her a captivating conversationalist. An excellent duplicate bridge player well into her later years, Stetsie loved the competition and camaraderie of the game. Jigsaw puzzles were another passion, and there was always a new one waiting to be tackled on her dining room table … Always adventurous and defying convention, Stetsie took flying lessons as a young woman, a rarity at the time. Much to her mother’s displeasure (perhaps concern!), she would fly over the family home in Meadowbrook, tipping her wings as she flew over. Stetsie held memberships at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the Rumson Country Club (where she won club championships and numerous awards),
and the Sea Bright Beach Club.”

Loved ones of Stetsie Hazlett in her obituary

Stetsie was born on March 3, 1925, in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Josephine Ely and Benjamin W. Greer.  She excelled in academics and sports at the prestigious Ogontz School for Young Ladies in Elkins Park, PA.

An accomplished athlete in her school years, Stetsie excelled in tennis and golf, among other sports. She was a member of the United States Senior Women’s Golf Association, where she won many prizes and trophies.

On June 19, 1948, “Stetsie married the love of her life, James (Jimmy) V. Hazlett, II. Jimmy’s work for The Dupont Company led them on 17 moves throughout their marriage.” They had one son, James V. Hazlett, III (known as ‘Sandy’), who predeceased Stetsie on Dec. 15, 2023. “His passing was a great source of grief for her.”

Stetsie is survived by: her son’s wife, Kim Hazlett; her niece, Elizabeth H. Perrott; her grandnephews, Andrew S. Perrott, Walter F. Hagar V, and Jeffrey H. Perrott, and his three daughters, Clementine, Amelie, and Capucine Perrott. 

For the past 30 years, Clarice Hutchinson lovingly cared for Stetsie, becoming an extended member of the family.

Stetsie was predeceased by: her husband, James V. Hazlett II; her sisters, Elizabeth G. Lieber and Josephine Laub; and her nephew, Walter F. Hagar IV.

Burial will be at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, 45 South Street, Freehold, NJ 07728.

— Edited obituary prepared by family via Thompson Memorial Home