ILION – Hazel J. (MacKenzie) Savage, age 93, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at the Abraham House, Utica, NY.
Hazel was born on August 21, 1928, in North Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Janet and Peter MacKinnon and was brought up on the family farm. She was married to Edward MacKenzie, on November 17, 1951, at the Ilion Presbyterian Church. They shared thirty years of marriage. He died on January 15, 1982. Hazel later married Ernest Savage, on October 14, 1994, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and they were together for 27 blessed years. Together they enjoyed traveling the country and camping in their RV. Hazel was employed as a store clerk at Wardle’s Drug Store, Ilion and Kinney Drugs, Ilion, for over 30 years, retiring in 2007. She was also a member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church. Hazel was very proud of her Scottish heritage and loved Scottish “Down East” fiddle music. She went to many concerts always enjoying the Irish Festival every year. She loved Natalie MacMaster who she saw numerous times, last seeing her in 2018. Hazel was unselfish and devoted, all of her children’s friends called her Mom or Hazel and she loved them all. Mom threw some of the greatest Christmas parties on Marshall Ave and enjoyed the Holidays. She also liked gardening, doing yardwork, bowling, playing Bridge and tending to her flowers with a cold Coors Light. Mom had a special place in her heart for animals and had many pets and was always smiling. She will be missed tremendously and leaves a void in our life but are grateful she is in a better place.
Surviving family members include her husband, Ernest “Ernie” Savage; her children, Heather MacKenzie, of Ilion, Scott MacKenzie and his wife, Tina, of Herkimer and Edward MacKenzie II, of Ilion; stepchildren, Michael (Cindy) Savage, Cynthia (Brian) Nicodemus, Pamela (Jeff) Brownrigg and Sandra Barnett; her sister, Margaret Jay, of Alliston Ontario Canada; her brother, Laughlin and his wife, Phyllis, of Toronto Canada; 4 grandchildren, Bill Trevor, Lindsay Desroches and Matthew and Peter MacKenzie; several great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life and Committal Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2022, at the Millers Mills Cemetery, 647 Millers Mills Rd., West Winfield, NY.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staffs at St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the Abraham House, for their compassion and excellent care given to Hazel.
Anyone wishing to share a memory of Hazel, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble St., Utica, NY 13501, or the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407.
Hazel’s service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her friend and Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722).