Helen May Habel
May 12, 1936 – February 2, 2020
Helen Habel, a lifetime resident of Falls County, died Sunday, February 2, 2020. She was born to Rudolf Abel and Hulda Quandt Abel on May 12, 1936 in Marlin, Texas. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Evangelical/United Church of Christ where she was married on December 27, 1957 to William Habel. To this union were born two sons; Randall Wayne and Stephen Charles. Graveside service will be at St. Paul Cemetery, north of Marlin, February 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Helen enjoyed working for the members of Heart of Texas Production Credit for thirty years, good friends, family, reading, needlework, bible study, family research, gardening and canning were all fun to her during her lifetime.
Her husband, William Habel; sisters, Lorene Abel Neumann, Elsie Abel Niemeyer; brother, Arthur Abel proceeded her in death.
Survivors are sons and families: Randall Habel, wife Michelle and children, Samuel, Lillie and Jake of Houston, Texas; Stephen Habel, wife Tanya of Robinson, Texas, children, Cameron of Chicago, IL., Courtni and Ryan Sladek of New Port, California.
The family suggests St. Paul Cemetery Association for memorials. C/O St. Paul Cemetery Association 212 FM 2307 Marlin, Texas 76661.
- Son:Randall Habel, wife Michelle and children, Samuel, Lillie and Jake of Houston, Texas; Son: Stephen Habel, wife Tanya of Robinson, Texas, children, Cameron of Chicago, IL., Courtni and Ryan Sladek of New Port, California.
St. Paul Cemetery Association
212 FM 2307, Marlin, Texas 76661
- Private Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Helen May Habel
February 5, 2020
I have wonderful memories of the times Aunt Helen would babysit for myself, my brother Gary and sister Marilyn at the Abel home place along Sandy Creek in the St. Paul community. She always went out of her way to engage us in entertaining activities; playing Parcheesi, pickup sticks, "Rook" card games, or croquet outside. It seemed Aunt Helen was always singularly focused on keeping us from getting restless and bored.
Aunt Helen was always ready to help with a problem. Later, about 1961, after she and Uncle Charles had been married several years, they set about finding and fixing up bicycles for Gary and I . Mom and Dad probably paid for the parts, but Aunt Helen and Uncle Charles did all the work! My brother and I were 12 and 11 at the time and desperately wanted a first bicycle! This project was kept secret. One day Gary and I got off the school bus and there they were, leaned up against the house, two 26" bicycles, freshly painted, one red and one blue, both with new tires, chain guards, pedals, seat covers, and handgrips!
At family gatherings, Aunt Helen was a live wire. Her loud laugh and cackle could be heard from across the room. As was the custom, all the ladies visited together and she gave a lift to what otherwise would have been a relatively quite group!
My contact with Aunt Helen tapered off as I got older, but I've never forgotten the many contributions she made to my life when I was growing up.