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Rosemary Habicht

Rosemary Habicht, age 89, of Willmar, died Wednesday afternoon, April 20, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday, April 30. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rice Hospice are preferred.

Rosemary Habicht was born on August 17, 1926, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Soltis) Jancik. She grew up in Sartell, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in 1944 and graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1946. She was employed as an elementary teacher in the New London Schools. On June 26, 1949, Rosemary was united in marriage to Eugene "Gene" Max Habicht in Sartell and they made their home in Willmar. Rosemary stayed home and worked as a homemaker, raising their four children. She later joined the family business, Habicht's Department Store in downtown Willmar where she was significantly involved. Rosemary was a proud and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was involved with Bridge Club, Study Club, P.E.O. and other community organizations. She was very proud of all her children's accomplishments and enjoyed caring for her family and her customers.

She is survived by her four children: David (and Diann) Habicht of Rapid City, South Dakota, Jane Ann (and Michael) Mandi of Hayward, Wisconsin, William (and Jayne) Habicht of Eden Prairie, and Thomas "Mac" (and Ronda) Habicht of Willmar; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Dennis Jancik of Buffalo; and a sister, Leona "Toots" Ekker of Sartell, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Gene in 2007; a great-grandson: Ian Michael Spindler; a sister: Helen Malisheseke; and three brothers, Alvin in World War II, Tom and George.

Cemetery Details

Fairview Cemetery
Gorton Avenue NW
Willmar, MN, 56201


APR 29. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


APR 30. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church

312 SW 6th St

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Love you forever Grandma! Briana

briana - April 21, 2016 at 09:01 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

You always said she made the best chocolate chip cookies Pat. Stutz

Rosemary''s baby - April 24, 2016 at 08:25 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Rosemary was a woman who exuded class and kindness. Our family and the Habicht's were close, and her and Gene were both people who added to the World and their chosen city in a positive way, and were loyal friends. I know my parents respected both of them immensely, as did I. I will pray for her soul, and.....she will be missed.

Patrick McCabe - April 22, 2016 at 03:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Rosemary was a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Study Club in Willmar and speaking on behalf of our members, I send our condolences to all of you and our memories of Rosie as a good friend and loyal member of our group. Peace to you as you remember a life so well lived. Sheila Sjerven, President

sheila sjerven - April 22, 2016 at 04:23 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

White Standing Spray was purchased for the family of Rosemary Habicht.

April 26, 2016 at 01:20 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

With love Ray, Tracie and all of the Mandli family purchased the Springtime Wishes for the family of Rosemary Habicht.

With love Ray, Tracie and all of the Mandli family - April 26, 2016 at 04:47 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Miss Jancik was my first and third grade teacher in New London. I have many special memories of Miss Jancik.Mary Miller Helland

Mary Miller Helland - April 27, 2016 at 09:22 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Habicht Family,I am sorry to hear of the passing of Rosemary. I want to express my sincere sympathies to the family she was an amazing person. I will cherish my memories of Rosemary (and Gene) and be grateful for the time I had working at their store, they were valuable mentors to me and amazing people! With deepest sympathy,Marla (Bahl) Wendlandt

Marla Wendlandt - April 29, 2016 at 09:41 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Rosemary was a joy to all who knew her. She raised a terrific family, was active in the family business, and was a positive influence in many Wilmar activities. I, however, remember her best as a friend. She and Gene made Mac and I feel most welcome in Willmar. Our families spent some wonderful times together. May your many memories of your mother and grandmother comfort you. She was a very special lady.

Donna McCabe - April 29, 2016 at 09:39 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM