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Hazel Hill Westendorff

Hazel Hill Westendorff
  • September 29, 1916 - November 27, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to:
  • Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church
    754 Rutledge Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“So sorry. What a wonderful life she had! Loved that old store. ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Anna Taylor Blythe - Adams Run, SC

Marilyn Hill Lemacks “We extend our deepest sympathy & condolences for the passing of dear Aunt Hazel to the entire Westendorff Family. She was such a sweet lady & loved...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Marilyn Hill Lemacks - SC

“Dearest Jamie and family, Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May God help the healing of your heavy hearts.Mary and Jack CooperJames Island, SC ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Cooper - James Island, SC

“Susan, I have never read such a beautiful obituary. I only knew your Mamma through your eyes, but feel I knew her by the wonderful family and...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Faye Woodruff - Dirand, MI

“To the Westendoff FamilyMy thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I went to school with Debbie and my parents were friends "with your Mom many...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Anne Dennis - Goose Creek, SC


6 of 21 | Posted by: Anne Dennis - Goose creek, SC

“Jamie,I am very sorry for your loss. Though it has been many years, I remember well our days at old Baptist College and the atore on St. Philip St....Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Lawrence Wertan - Toccoa, GA

“Truely a great lady. Sorry for your lost. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Scott Copes - Florence, SC

“Miss Hazel was a beautiful, smart, and kind woman. I cherish the times I spent with her and the many stories that she shared with me. 1-2-3 to you in...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Tammy Merritt - Chesapeake, VA

“Since my childhood, the White and Martin families have been blessed by knowing Mrs Hazel and all of the Westendorff clan. I am too blessed that I was...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Ron White - Jacksonviille, FL


11 of 21 | Posted by: Ron White - Jackonville, FL

“TO THE WESTENDORFF FAMILY I AM VERY SORRY TO HER ABOUT YOUR MOTHER PASSING.I HAVE KNOW HER A VERY LONG TIME.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER AS THE LADY IN...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: MELVA DAVIS - JOHNS ISLAND, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: A friend


14 of 21 | Posted by: melva davis - CHARLESTON, SC

“I traded with the Westendorff's in the late 1960's and early 1970's. They were my "go to" for hardware, especially unusual and hard to find items....Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Jack Lynes - Aiken, SC

“I was lucky enough to be Ms. Hazel's nurse in 2015. I loved our talks. I loved her cute headbands! I was in another room when someone read this...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Nina Perez - Charleston,SC

“Dear Jamie & family, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Wow, she lived a long happy life. Very nice obituary, I didn't know her , but sounds...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Cathy Hyatt - Charleston, SC

“To Jamie and family, our deepest sympathy.....a life, well-lived is a lasting inspiration. May you hold dear in your heart your treasured memories...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: JD Davis - Summerville, SC

“May God in His mercy and compassion grant each of you peace and rest in this time of loss. I will be praying for you all. I am going to try to make...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“My prayers are with you and your family ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Sharon Parker - Charleston, SC

“I don't know where to begin. Hazel definitely was an Angel. She really was a Mother to me and all my Sisters. She case my Mother's best Friend...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Brennan - Summerville, SC


Hazel Hill Westendorff, 102, widow of John David Westendorff, Sr., has gone home to be with her Lord. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on the evening of November 27, 2018. Her Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church, 754 Rutledge Avenue at 11:00 a.m. Interment, Riverview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Hazel was the daughter of the late James Henry and Susan Browning Hill. She was a woman of deep faith, love, and compassion.

Hazel and her husband, Johnnie, were the proprietors of C.W. Westendorff and Son hardware store and oil company on the corner of St. Phillip and Warren Streets. It was a business started by his father that was vital to the war effort delivering rationed oil to the people of Charleston. After raising their children, she worked side by side with her husband in the business.

Hazel was a graduate of Memminger High School, class of 1935 and Rice Business College. She was still in possession of her Gregg Shorthand book. She was proud of the years she worked for Judge Holmes on Broad Street in her early life.

Hazel was a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years, sang in the church choir, and held almost every office in her church, Asbury-St. James UMC.
She still attended almost every Sunday and still went to the alter for communion. Hazel loved to dance and just recently showed some of her great-grandchildren where she once danced on the steps of high battery during a Charleston festival.

She had a life full of service to her community, which among many other groups, included the Red Cross even going back to making bandages at the Citadel at Marion Square for the war effort. Hazel was a girl scout leader for decades, involved with the boy scouts, a DeMolay mother, and faithful poll volunteer. She was a PTA president for all of her children, whose births spanned 20 years, giving her 34 years of volunteer service to the school system. She was a devoted advocate for special needs.

Hazel was a consummate hostess and her home was open for many clubs and organizations to which she belonged, including the Daughters of the Confederacy of which her mother was a charter member.

She is survived by five adoring children who will miss her everyday: Susan Bullock (Pat), Pamela Prestegard, Jamie Westendorff (Judy), Deborah Seifert all of Charleston and Kelly Powell (Horace) of Adams Run; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, the youngest being 9 weeks old and is her namesake.

Hazel is predeceased by her husband of 59 years; her son, John David Westendorff, Jr.; her parents; her sisters: Elma G. Hill and Mildred Millar; her brother, Ernest Hill; and most of her peers.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials made to Asbury-St. James UMC, 754 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, 29403.