Mabel R. Haala, age 97, of Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2013 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30 until 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Service will be held at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:30 am. Interment will be at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. May she rest in peace - she will be missed by many.
Mabel was born on May 25, 1915, in Brown County Minnesota, the daughter of George and Minnie (Manderfeld) Braun. Mabel was a teacher, housewife and farmwife. She taught in District 45 country school for three years, District 46 country school for two years. She then quit teaching to raise her family and together with her husband Elmer, operated their crop and dairy farm. They were married on May 8, 1939 in Sleepy Eye. She returned to teaching when their youngest daughter started school and taught third grade at St. Mary’s School in Sleepy Eye for 10 years. Mabel was also active in and held various offices in several organizations including the Council of Catholic Women, Sleepy Eye Hospital Auxiliary, Divine Providence Auxiliary, Christian Mothers and St. Margaret’s Society. She loved to quilt, making several quilts on her own, but also as a member of the quilting group who met regularly at Divine Providence. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and also volunteered at the Sleepy Eye food shelf. Mabel was an avid card player and loved to play bingo and watch the Minnesota Twins, but most of all loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and especially the great-grandchildren who could always be counted on to bring out the deck of cards.
Mabel is survived by her daughters: Marlene Schwartz, Judy Peters and Barb (Jon) Jahnke; daughter-in-law Denise Haala; grandchildren Robb (Toni) Schwartz, Jennifer (Brent) Goraczkowski, Bill (Holly) Peters, Amy Medrano, Sarah Peters, Nicholas Jahnke, Kristin (Paul) Sprenger and Andrew Haala; great grandchildren Megan, Jacob, Lucas, Sarah, Colton, Mason, Isabelle, Anna, Sam, Kayla and Mya; sisters, Kathryne Olson, Delores Kortz, Florence Helget; sisters-in-law Alma Braun, Orlene Kral, Delores (Sylvester) Spaeth, Gladys (Lester) Reinarts; and brother-in-law Vernard (Donna) Haala.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elmer; sons Elmer Jr. and Patrick; son-in-law Gary Schwartz; brothers Norman and Howard; brother-in-law Harold Kral; and brothers and sisters-in-law Walter and Mildred Haala and Wilbert and Angie Haala.