Hazel Mae Hardy Viani

Services to be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. at the LDS Church

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Hazel Mae Hardy Viani went to her heavenly home on Dec. 31, 2016, to celebrate New Year’s Eve with her loved ones that went before her. She was born in Mesquite, Nev. on Apr. 8, 1932 and was 84 years old. Hazel was one of six children and the eldest daughter of Franklin Hardy and Ida Mae McKnight Hardy. She was raised in Nevada and Idaho.

When Hazel married Joseph Alvise Viani, Jr. in 1961, she came with four children: Larry, Danny, Randy and Sherry Moss. Joe and Hazel were blessed to have three more children: Elena, Paula and Mauro Viani. Family was most important to Hazel, both her immediate and extended and she loved to cook and sing for them.

She would spend hours canning, baking and sewing shirts for Joe. Hazel loved music and would sing along with records or to guitars played by her musical family. She had many favorite songs, including gospels and country/western oldies.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Ben, Doyle and Roy Hardy; sons: Larry and Mauro; granddaughters Robin and Lisa and great granddaughter Harley. In March of 2016, she also lost the love of her life, Joe.

Hazel leaves behind son Danny (Julie) Moss of Hawthorne, son Randy (Annette) Moss of Reno, daughter Sherry (Marlin) Fabos of Boise and daughters Elena (Kelly) Viani-Wittwer and Paula (Craig) Reed of Hawthorne, 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and two great-great granddaughters.

She also leaves her brother: Jim (Laverne) Hardy of Nampa, Idaho and roommate/baby-sister, Millie Hardy Shephard at the Mount Grant nursing home; sisters-in-law Ida Hardy of Eagle, Idaho; and Bennye Hardy of Caldwell, Idaho and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

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  1. Kathy (O'Donovan) Treece says:

    My condolences to the Viani family and to all who were related to this awesome lady. I loved Hazel! She was one of the best cooks I have ever met, and so very generous. I can’t count the number of meals she shared with us when we lived in Nevada. The last time I saw her was when my husband and I were attending the 50th reunion the class of 1952, and as always did, we ended up at Joe’s. Rest In Peace, Hazel! I will miss you.