Donald Haberman, 1942-2016

Published 9:44 am Thursday, July 14, 2016

Donald Alan Haberman, 74, of Blooming Prairie died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at his home.

Donald Haberman

Donald Haberman

He was born June 2, 1942, in Owatonna, the son of Henry and Marion (Awes) Haberman. Donald attended country school and then Dodge Center High School. He made his living as a farmer and truck driver. On Feb. 22, 1962, Donald and Charlotte Laite were married at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. The couple raised five daughters. In the early years of their marriage, Don farmed and then had various trucking jobs. In later years, he had paper routes, delivering the Rochester Post Bulletin and Albert Lea Tribune. His grandchildren loved going along with grandpa to deliver papers. Don loved to hunt and fish and he enjoyed seeing the country on his job as a trucker.  His favorite pastimes included Sunday family dinners, square dancing and playing cards. Don loved giving his family rides with his miniature horses — especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  In 2014, Don moved to Blooming Prairie.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of Blooming Prairie; daughters Annette Hove, Teresa Haberman, Geraldine (Larry) Wurst, Lisa Niedermeier and Angela Haberman, all of Blooming Prairie; mother-in-law, Emilie Laite, of Owatonna; stepmother, Zenobia Haberman, of Blooming Prairie; aunt, Otilla Anderson, of Mankato; 13 grandchildren, Heather Hove, Justin Hove, Ashley Nichols, Trevor Barber, Christopher Burke, Rachel Ranvek, Elizabeth Wurst, Matthew Wurst, James Neidermeier, Corey Lyman, Casey Lyman, Addison Lyman and Ava Bergeron; seven great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; siblings Marion (Harold) Johnson of Dodge Center and Jenelle Gallus of Hastings; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ray (Phyliss) Laite of Owatonna, Barb (Ron) Hagen of Bricelyn, Linda (Jim) Laite of Bricelyn, Colleen (Jim) Wyant of Rake, Iowa, and Ron (Becky) Laite of Albert Lea.

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Don was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Marion Haberman; brother, Gerald Haberman; father-in-law, Leonard Laite; and brother-in-law, Leonard Gallus.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. The Rev. Kristin Venne will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Danish Lutheran Cemetery in Summit Township, Freeborn County. Memorials in Don’s memory are preferred in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at