KAY DEMARCO PHOTOS The Gazette

Ellen Hazzard, of Winnebago and member of St. Mary’s Church of Pecatonica, was honored as the twenty-sixth recipient of the Woman of the Year Award for St. Mary’s Parish at the annual banquet of the Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women. The position is chosen by parish votes, which are based on service to the church and the community. Whether it is service to religious education, working in many phases of the annual church dinner, or serving on the altar, Ellen shares her humorous demeanor so that everyone feels comfortable sharing the same land-scape. Her compassion and Catholic faith have flowed over into her daily and vocational life so needed in the medical field. Ellen’s family shared the special banquet in her honor at Giovanni’s of Rockford. Back (L-R) MacKenzie Menke, Alex Hazzard, Homer Whitesel, Mark Hazzard, Megan Hazzard. Front (L-R) Mary Go-ken, Barb Whitesel, Ellen Hazzard, and Jeanne Mulrooney.

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