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Hazel Witbeck Walker (88) of Rancho Mirage, California and formerly of Colonie, New York, died at home on March 17, 2016, peacefully, calmly and gracefully, just as she led her life. She was born on September 2, 1927 in Troy, New York, to John Joseph Witbeck and Rose Irene McCormack Witbeck. She was predeceased by her parents, as well as her brother John "Woody" Witbeck, her husband Joseph L. Walker, and her granddaughter Meagan Erin Walker. She is survived by her children, Joah Walker of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michael and Sharon Walker of Swanzey, New Hampshire, Mitch and Claire Walker of Tampa, Florida, and Sharyl Walker and Lynne Chasen of Palm Desert, California, as well as 7 grandchildren (Kelly, Kara, Mitchell, Kyla, Maya, Sasha and Zachariah) and four great-grandchildren (Izzie, Chase, Draven and Rogue), and many loving friends.

Hazel graduated from Catholic Central High School and Russell Sage College. She was employed in the Engineering Department of New York Telephone Company. She was a Communicant of St. Clare's Catholic Church in Colonie, and served as a member of the Human Services Committee, and as a church greeter and hospital visitor. She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a former Fellowship Chairman of the Troy group. She moved to California in 1997, where she was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.

Services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, March 25, 2016, in the Chapel at Memory Gardens in Colonie, followed by burial.