Clark woman who was South Dakota’s oldest resident dies at 107

September 26, 2022
Mike Tanner

CLARK, S.D.–A woman who was honored in July by the South Dakota Health Care Association as the oldest resident of the state has passed away at the age of 107.

Hazel Ness died Friday at a care facility in Clark.

Hazel Christopherson was born on May 17, 1915, and was raised with her seven siblings on the family farm near Naples.

She was a lifelong resident of Clark County who spoke fluent Norwegian.

Hazel outlived all of her siblings. She was also preceded in death by her husband Clarence and one daughter.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clark.