Joyce L. Habing (87) of Teutopolis


Published on September 21 2023 5:56 am

Joyce Habing, 87, of Teutopolis went to be with the Lord at 11:54 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, surrounded by her beloved children and grandchildren who will miss her deeply.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to Catholic Charities or the Knights of Columbus Tower Project. (HABING'S FURNITURE IN TEUTOPOLIS WILL BE CLOSING AT NOON TUESDAY AND WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY WEDNESDAY IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF JOYCE HABING)

Joyce was born July 5, 1936 to Arthur and Loretta (Hutmacher) Hakman. She married George Habing on December 26, 1959 in Effingham and he preceded her in death on February 15, 2012. From this loving union came 11 children, 32 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Joyce and George raised ten of their children above the Habing Funeral Home, which was the childhood home of Joyce’s father, Arthur. His family had sold the home to the Habing family and it became the Habing Funeral Home until December of 1975 when it was purchased by the Bauers. When living above the funeral home, Joyce & George continued the tradition of providing an altar for the Corpus Christie processional; a tradition Joyce felt gave her family a special blessing.

In 1976, George and Joyce moved their family to the brick bat alley neighborhood, where they became like family to their neighbors. Joyce was always making food and trying to feed people, especially around the holidays. Her family and friends loved her apple bread and rhubarb pie.

Her pride and joy was her adoring family. She treasured spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Joyce was always a cheerleader and a constant source of support for her family. Her positive light was an inspiration in the countless lives of those she touched. She always gave of herself to any person or cause that needed support or a helping hand. Joyce was a woman of deep faith in God and lived her life as a humble servant. Her untiring devotion and boundless love was palpable to everyone in her presence. She had an enormous love for babies and little ones and always made Christmas special and magical for them. Her family will always treasure the memories of this angel on Earth.

Joyce is survived by daughters, Jean (David) Hess of Rockford, Kathy (Randy) Jones of Effingham, Sara (Steve) Roepke of Effingham, and Loretta (Aaron) Zane of Teutopolis; sons, Jerry (Cheryl) of Effingham, Danny (Kathy) of Teutopolis, David (Maureen)of Teutopolis, Dean (Larissa) of Highland, Andy (Jennifer) of Teutopolis, Hank (Tori) of Green Creek, and Stan (Julie) of Bishop Creek; brothers, Ron (Madonna) Hakman of Effingham, Terry (Jean) Hakman of Neoga, and Jim (Carole) Hakman of Teutopolis; brothers-in-law, Dennis Habing of Teutopolis and Alvin Hammes of Seneka, Kansas. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters-in-law, Sara Hammes, Lucy Hornbeck, Kathleen Nolan, Mary Jane McGee, and Joyce Berchtold; brothers-in-law, Joseph and Patrick Habing.

Although Joyce has passed into her eternal home to be with her Savior, her legacy of devotion, charity, and love will continue on this Earth through the family and friends she has nurtured, inspired, and devoted her life to.