Nov. 20, 1914-Oct. 17, 2011
Portola Valley, California
Hazele Tiemann Jelich November 20, 1914 - October 17, 2011
Hazele Tiemann Jelich passed away on October 17, from complications due to a fall.
Hazele was the daughter of John and Amalie Witt Tiemann and one of 7 children. Hazele was born on November 20, 1914, in Petaluma, California. Both of her parents were from Germany, met and married in San Francisco and later moved to Petaluma, where they owned and operated a chicken ranch.
Hazele loved to share her many happy memories of growing up on the ranch with her 5 sisters and brother. She went to Liberty School and Petaluma High School, where she enjoyed playing basketball.
Hazele moved to Menlo Park and co-owned Hazele and Ethel's Creamery from 1936 to 1939. The young entrepreneur met her husband, George Jelich, in the Creamery and they married in 1940 and lived in Portola Valley.
Hazele loved Portola Valley and often said it was like living in the Wild West during those early years. She loved to hike and was seen walking all over the hills and orchards with one of her beloved dogs at her side. George had often commented about her spoiling his hunting dogs. They would rather stay home with Hazele than go off hunting deer with George.
Before she started her family, Hazele worked at Searsville Lake selling tickets at the little entrance booth. She enjoyed greeting everyone who came to the lake.
Hazele's greatest pride was her family. She loved to be surrounded by family and friends. Hazele's door was always open and you were sure to end up at the kitchen table enjoying fresh baked cookies or a piece of one of her famous homemade pies.
Hazele was active in the PTA and 4-H in the 1950s and 60s, and loved being a part of the close and friendly community of Portola Valley.
Hazele is survived by her children, George Walter Jelich ( Patti) of Los Altos and Sandi Jelich Anderson ( Don) of Scottsdale, Arizona; her grandchildren Brian Jelich (Anastasia) of Sunnyvale, Craig Jelich ( Janine) of Mountain View, Brittney Anderson Hollenbach( Shawn) and Eric Anderson both of Scottsdale, Arizona; her great-grandchildren Danielle and Ryan Jelich; and Baby Hollenbach due in April. Hazele is also survived by one sister and many nieces and nephews.
From Petaluma to Portola Valley, Hazele Jelich had a fabulous long life. She was the center of our family, and will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.