Sylvia René Hazen passed away peacefully at home in Poulsbo, in the presence of family, on 31 August 2019. She had fought a courageous battle against Multiple Myeloma for nearly seven years.
Sylvia is survived by her husband of 27 years, Haukur Hazen; children Russell (Marissa) Foss, Eric (Danielle) Foss, Ken (Sue) Foss, Megan Thorsen, Sigga (Zach) Folwick, and Anna Hazen; grandchildren Hannah, Shea, Ava, Morgan and Alexa; her mother Pat Metz; sister Cheryl (Homer) Bradley; sisters-in-law Phyllis Metz, Kathryn (Doug) Quade, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her father Vernon Metz and brother David Metz.
Sylvia was raised at the Metz family home on Central Valley Road. While in school, she was involved with the choir and theater groups, as well as the Rainbow Girls. After graduating from North Kitsap High School in 1966, Sylvia attended Mr. Lee’s Beauty School in Bremerton, and worked in a salon in Poulsbo. Over the years she worked at Foss’ Slaughter House, Ernst, North Kitsap School District, Hazel Creek Montessori and Doreen’s Place on Bainbridge Island.
Family was the center of Sylvia’s life. She loved to host family gatherings in her home and was always involved in her children’s activities, including Norwegian folk dancing, Cub Scouts and 4-H. In addition to spending time with family, Sylvia enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, needlework, jewelry making, genealogy, gardening, scrapbooking, and many other crafting projects. Additionally, she was involved with her NK Class of ‘66 group, the Poulsbo Historical Society, Project Linus at Gordon Elementary School, and the Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society.
Sylvia loved traveling and experiencing new places, cultures, and cuisines. Haukur and Sylvia’s travels led them to Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Turkmenistan, Iceland, Turkey, the UK, Austria and Russia. They recently enjoyed cruises to Alaska.
Sylvia’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Harrison Health Partners, Peninsula Cancer Center, The Doctors Clinic, Virginia Mason Hospital and CHI Franciscan Hospice.
A celebration of Sylvia’s life is planned for 16 November 2019 at the Sons of Norway Viking room at 1:00PM. The family is requesting any memorial donations be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation by mail: PO Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241-4238; online at themmrf.org; or by phone 203-229-0464.