Hattie Hauber

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:13 pm

Hattie Hauber, 91, of Ridgeway, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the Barthell Eastern Star Nursing Home in Decorah. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Spillville, with Rev. Robert Gross officiating. Organist is Doris Thompson. Cantor is Dan Silhacek. St. Wenceslaus Choir will sing  “Here I am, Lord,” “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Goin’ Home” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Lector is Larry Hauber. Offertory gift bearers are Hattie’s granddaughters. Eucharistic ministers are the attending priests and Sharon Kleve, Dwayne Hauber and Connie Hauber. Casket bearers are Hattie’s grandsons. Interment is at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Spillville. Arrangements are being handled by Balik Funeral Home, Spillville.

Hattie Elizabeth (Silhacek) Hauber was born Jan. 1, 1925, the daughter of Wenzel and Mathilda (Panosh) Silhacek on the family farm near Spillville. Hattie attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in Spillville and graduated in 1943 from Decorah High School. Hattie was united in marriage to Joseph Hauber May 12, 1948, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville. Together they farmed near Ridgway and raised their five children. Hattie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed making kolaches. She loved to hear about her grandchildren and all of their activities. She loved playing Bingo, golfing, bowling, making rosaries, ceramics, cross-stitching and Czech stitchery. She enjoyed traveling with Joe to Texas, throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and Spain. Hattie was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, where she taught CCD, and the Catholic Daughters of America, the Legion of Mary and the monthly birthday club.

Hattie is survived by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Hauber, Ridgeway; five children: Larry (Roxanne) Hauber, Decorah, Linda England, Janesville, Tim (Natalie Tomaras) Hauber, Grimes, Tom (Nancy) Hauber, Decorah and Randy Hauber, Des Moines; along with grandchildren: Kerry (David) Tantillo, Chad (friend, Larissa) Hauber, Keith, Rachel Hauber and Christopher (Donnelle) Hauber, Lance and Lee England, Jacqueline (Adam) Hale, Logan and Lexie Hauber, Analese, Powell, Tira and Salisa Hauber; great-grandchildren: Jordan Hauber, Hayden and Tempe Hauber, Roman, Leighton and Lily Tantillo, and Kaleb Hauber; one sister, Mary Leuenberger, Ossian; two brothers-in-law, Dwayne (Phyllis) Hauber, Ridgeway and Vincent (Patricia) Hauber, Ridgeway; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Hattie was preceded in death by her parents, Wenzel and Mathilda (Panosh) Silhacek; son-in-law, Richard England; two brothers, Edward (Mildred) Silhacek and Jim (Louise) Silhacek; one sister, Sister Regina Marie OSF; one brother-in-law, Clinton Leuenberger.

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