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Julian Sabelka

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Julian J. Sabelka age 84 of Lawler died Tuesday morning, November 15, 2011, at the New Hampton Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2011, at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with Rev. Marvin Salz celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed on the casket by his children. Bob Huinker will be the organist with Lori Galligan and Rich Winter leading the congregation in song. Crossbearer for the service will be Ryan Yordanoff. Andy Pomroy will be the lector. The offertory gifts will be presented by Rachel Orvis, Sarah Renn and Amanda Reicks. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery - Reilly Ridge, rural Lawler with Wayne Throndson, Dale Throndson, Mark Hackman, Jim Sabelka, John Sabelka, Dave Vsetecka, Daryl Crowe and Tom Sabelka serving as pallbearers. Staff of the New Hampton Care Center will be honorary pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2011, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler where there will be a 4:00 p.m. rosary and a 7:00 p.m. scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at church on Friday. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton. Julian Joseph Sabelka was born April 18, 1927, on the Sabelka family farm just north of Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Reilly Ridge, rural Lawler, the son of John and Clara (Meier) Sabelka. He was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Faith at Sacred Heart Church. Having grown up through the Depression, his days were filled with hard work done the hard way; by hand and with horses. He attended Utica #4 country school graduating from the eighth grade. He remained on the family farm until his life changed when he met Dolora Hackman at the Inwood Ballroom in Spillville, IA. The couple were married on October 8, 1953, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, IA. To this union seven children were born. Julian and Dolora moved to a farm northwest of Reilly Ridge where they remained for the next 55 years. Julian loved farming, raising crops and livestock. He was especially proud of his beef cattle herd. The couple moved into Lawler in November 2008 and on November 19, 2009, lost his wife at the age of 80. Julian became a resident of the New Hampton Care Center in April of 2011. He enjoyed reading about history and geography as well as keeping up on current events. He loved to visit, sing along with old-time music and especially enjoyed going dancing with Dolora. Julian took great pride in his family and was always very accepting of all the new members married into his family. He was a long-time member of the Sacred Heart Church – Reilly Ridge and upon it closing, transferred his membership to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Memberships include the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Farm Bureau. Survivors include two sons, Conrad Sabelka of New Hampton and Ralph Sabelka of Apple Valley, MN; five daughters, Clarene (Antonio) Sierra of Savage, MN, Madonna (Mike) Knudson of Blair, NE, Doris Sabelka (Bruce Clawson) of Rock Springs, WI, Verna (Jack) Orvis of Lawler and Ellen (Nick) Yordanoff of Pleasant Hill, IA; ten grandchildren, Ashley Sierra (Andy Pomroy), Carl (Angie) Knudson, Laura (Chris) Douglas, Anna and Keith Clawson, Sarah (Kyle) Renn, Amanda (Barry) Reicks, Rachel Orvis, Ryan and Haley Yordanoff; three great-grandchildren, Jack and Abel Renn, Jaila Reicks; one sister, Mary Ann Hackman of Decorah; one brother, Jack (Shirley) Sabelka of Little Turkey; one brother-in-law, Hugo Hackman of Fredericksburg; two sisters-in-law, Leona Winter of St. Lucas and Hilaria Kipp of Festina. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, Dolora on November 19, 2009; one sister, Ivanelle (Charles) Crowe; brothers and sisters-in-law, George Hackman, Hilda and Carl Brandsmeier, Mildred Hackman, Rose, Carl and Adoph Hackman, Edwin Kipp and Clarence Winter.

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  1. I graduated from high school with Madonna and recall her as a good friend. I read of your family’s loss of your father and brother. I am sorry for your family’s loss and want to extend my regards.

  2. Your family is carrying a burden of grief this holiday season that can only be comforted by faith that your Dad and brother are united with your Mother and all the loved ones that have passed to the other shore. I have fond memories of the generous acceptance and hosptiality that they always extended to me on my visits through the years from Arizona. God bless you and comfort you.

  3. Sabelka Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Always enjoyed visiting with Julian at the Meier Reunions.

  4. Verna and family, So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May you be blessed with wonderful memories of both of your parents that you can share with your children and grandchildren. May God be with you at this time. Sharing thoughts and prayers..Jenny Galligan

  5. Our deepest sympathy to the Sabelka Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

  6. Verna and family so very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, family members are always hard to say goodbye to.dad’s are especially hard as they always have a special place in a girls heart. Prayers and thoughts are with you as you go through this time of mourning.

  7. To my Sabelka/Meier cousins: So sorry to hear about Julian’s passing. I too remember him, Clara and many others from the Iowa Family Picnics at the Sabelka farms in Reilly Ridge . My sympathies to all family members and friends. – Walt Schmidt’s daughter, Carla

  8. To Our Sabelka/Meier Cousins, Sorry to hear of the passing of Julian. I remember him from the Iowa picnics, along with Clara and others. Sympathies to all family and friends – – Walter Schmidt’s daughter: Ellen (Schmidt) Sorenson

  9. Verna & the Sabelka family Sorry to hear of the death of your dad our prayers are going your way! Like Lisa said now they are dancing in heaven.

  10. Verna, So sorry to hear of your dads passing. Take comfort in knowing you were a great daughter to both of your parents. very loving and caring. May they be dancing together again. Our symapthies to you and your family. Wayne & Lisa Gilster

  11. We are so sorry for your loss. Julian and my dad, Arthur Rolfes, sure had some great visits over the years….they were cousins and loved to spend time visiting and telling some good old jokes! With sympathy, Annette and Scott Evenson Harmony, Mn.

  12. Verna and Family, ‘We want to extend our Deepest Sympathy for you loss of loved one. Our parents are so special in our lives and we hold them deep in our hearts. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Lyn and Chris Bruns

  13. Verna and family, Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  14. Dear Sabelka Family- I am so sorry for your loss. Julian was such a good friend and neighbor to my dad Don. Dad always enjoyed visits with Julian and liked being with your family on the holidays that my sister or I could not see him due to weather or circumstance. Dad would tell us of his good company and food with Julian and the Sabelkas. I have to think that they are both visit each other too up in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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