Harold Brazell

Harold N. Brazell, 90, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully surrounded by family Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Mercy Hospice House in Hiawatha. Funeral Mass was held at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids Monday, November 14.

Harold was born in Harpers Ferry August 14, 1926, the third of four sons of Leo and Mabel Brazell. He was a proud veteran, serving in the Army during World War II (Pacific) and will be buried with military honors. He spent his working life with the phone company, retiring with U.S. West in Cedar Rapids in 1986. He enjoyed woodworking in his backyard garage, working in his large yard, and socializing with his many friends, neighbors and former co-workers.

Harold was a man of faith, a member of All Saints Catholic Church for almost 60 years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, the Telephone Pioneers of America and the American Legion. He loved spending winters in Mesa, AZ and also loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Phoenix Suns, the Washington Warriors and any activity or sports team that included his children or grandchildren.

He shared his life with Romana (Monnie) Teslow for 59-1/2 years. They married in Cedar Rapids in 1957, and she survives. He is also survived by five children: Michelle (Tom) Green of Springfield, IL, Kevin (Judy) Brazell of Bloomington, MN, Lori (Curt) Sagehorn of St. Michael, MN, Diane (Blish) Hills of Elk River, MN and Brian (Julie) Brazell of Naperville, IL. Harold and Monnie have 15 grandchildren: Ryan, Adam and Austin Green, Brooke and Ellie Brazell, Reid, Drew, Sydney and Morgan Sagehorn, Alec, Blake and Elise Hills, and Lauren, Emma and Daniel Brazell. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Donna (Vern) Brubaker of Cedar Rapids; his brother-in-law, Dean (Karen) Teslow of Decorah; his cousin, Jim (Wilma) Brazell of Harpers Ferry; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Maurice, John and Norbert Brazell; and a sister-in-law, Anne Brazell.

Memorials in Harold’s name may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be conveyed at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home’s website, www.cedarmemorial.com, under obituaries.