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Joanne D. Habstritt

Joanne D. Habstritt, age 66, of St. Cloud, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Joanne was born July 14, 1937 in St. Cloud, the only child of Ralph and Dorothy (Misho) Hempel. She graduated Moose Lake High School and attended the College of St. Scholastica.

She married Ronald A. Habstritt Oct. 22, 1958 in Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Cloud. She was a religious educator at parishes in Waconia, Mound, Richfield, Delano, and St. Cloud.

She was involved with the Girl Scouts for over 20 years. She was an Avon representative for eight years in Delano. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Joanne will always be remembered for her role in church activities, especially as eucharistic minister, lector, and her commitment to the Legion of Mary.

She was an active volunteer at the Stearns County jail library, Heritage Nature Center, RSVP Reader's Theater, and the River Oaks Hospitality House. She enjoyed refereeing the White Sands Regatta and memberships in Cloudy Town Sams and Coachman RV Clubs.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband Ronald, children Mary Habstritt (Gerald Weinstein) of New York City, N.Y., Carol Gewerth of Redwood Falls, Susann Zimitsch (Mark) of Edwardsville, Ill.; Major Thomas Habstritt, US Army, Newport, R.I.; grandchildren Mark Gewerth, Jessica, Jonathan, and Jaclyn Zimitsch.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. The Rev. Geoffrey Fecht, OSB officiated. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery.

Friends called between 4 and 9 p.m. Friday, and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 621 of St. Augusta prayed at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in St. Cloud, followed by St. Augustines Christian Women at 6:30 p.m. and St. Augustine's parish prayers at 7 p.m.

Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home of St. Cloud.

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