Photo: Hazel Grega of Coal City  (1925-2021)
Hazel A. Grega

Age 95 of Coal City, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at Heritage Health in Dwight.

Born November 26, 1925 in Troy Grove, Illinois, Hazel Albertha was a daughter of Russell and Mabel (Kofoid) Miller. She was raised and educated in the Troy Grove area, and at an early age went to work for a short time at the Seneca Shipyards. It was here that she met Joseph Grega, and together they were married in her family home. After marriage, Hazel and Joe moved to Braceville, where they resided until building their home on Marguerite Street in Coal City.

Known as “Mama Hazel” to many, Hazel was an extraordinary child caregiver most of her life to families in the area. She was an active and devoted member of Coal City United Methodist Church, where she served on the church board; belonged to the Sunshine Circle, and enjoyed coordinating the fellowship breakfasts. Hazel was known for her love of cooking great meals and desserts, and will be remembered for the frequently spoken sentiment, “eat, so you don’t get hungry…”

One who was a selfless caregiver at heart, Hazel leaves behind a priceless collection of memories for her family, the many children she cared for over the years, her church, and the community.

Hazel was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Grega, Sr. She is the loving mother of Joseph, Jr. (Karen) Grega of Diamond and the late Debra Grega (John Florey) of Pontiac; dear grandmother of Brian Grega of Diamond and Haley (Charles) Phillips of Braceville; great grandmother of Ayden Phillips; sister to the late Russell Miller and special niece to her late aunt, Hazel Kofoid. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A private family visitation and funeral service will be held in the Coal City United Methodist Church.

Those wishing to participate in Hazel’s virtual funeral service, are welcome to join the livestream webcast on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 beginning at 12:00 p.m. A link for the event will be available on Hazel’s memorial page or through the Coal City United Methodist Church Facebook Page.

Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Hazel will be laid to rest with her late husband. Pallbearers will be Brian Grega, John Florey, Charles Phillips and Mark Pavlis.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Hazel’s memory to the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 East McArdle Road, Coal City, IL 60416.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Hazel’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/obituary/Hazel-Grega

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)