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Florence E. Haberl | Obituary

By on December 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Florence E. Haberl

Florence E. Haberl (nee Metter), 93, of Columbia, died Dec. 6, 2017, in Waterloo.

She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Columbia, daughter of the late Albert and Cora Metter (nee Baltz).

Mrs. Haberl was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and served as a soloist for many years. She also served on the church consistory and was the college student reporter for 32 years. 

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, formerly known as the Monroe Chapter 597 and now the Rob Morris Chapter 98. She served as Worthy Matron, grand lecturer and instructed the chapter for eight years. Her other organizations included the Al Sihah 29, Daughters of the Nile, Columbia Library Board for 25 years and she was a former member of the Friends of the Library. 

She was a member of the Columbia Historical Society, Columbia Senior Citizens, Columbia Sister Cities, Columbia Centennial Committee and the Sangerbund Group. She had the honor of representing Illinois by cutting the ribbon for the dedication of the original Jefferson Barracks Bridge in 1944.

Surviving are her son, Eugene (Jacqueline) Haberl of Columbia; loving grandson, Jeffrey Haberl; great-grandchildren, William and Grace Haberl of O’Fallon; and other close relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Clifford W. Haberl, and her parents.

Visitation was Dec. 10, at Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia, and Dec. 11, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia.

Funeral services were Dec. 11, at the church, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. 

Interment followed at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery, Columbia.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia.


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