Fr. Clayton J. Haberman, 95

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 7, 2019

Fr. Clayton J. Haberman, 95, of Faribault, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Mill City Senior Living in Faribault.

Fr. Clayton J. Haberman, 95

Fr. Clayton J. Haberman, the son of Alfred and Louise (Appel) Haberman, was born on March 19, 1924, in Heron Lake, Minnesota, and was baptized on April 1, 1924. Following high school, he attended and graduated from Croisier College in Onamia, Minnesota (three years) and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, (five years) where he completed degrees in philosophy and theology. He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 3, 1950, and his first assignment was at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester, Minnesota. He later served in other communities in Minnesota, including Caledonia, Freeburg, Westbrook, Jeffers, Mabel, Canton, Iona, Adams, Janesville, New Richland, Ellendale, Waldorf, Rose Creek, Lyle, Fairmont and Medford. When time would allow, Fr. Clayton enjoyed hunting; he was an avid pheasant hunter all of his life. He also enjoyed traveling and sitting around with family and friends having good conversation.

Fr. Clayton is survived by his sisters, Maxine Luft, Mary Ann Leopold and Marilyn Rogers; and by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Louise Haberman; his sisters, Edna Haberman, LaVerna Schaffer, Helene Miranowski and Betty Shea; and his brothers, Marvin Haberman and Claire Haberman.

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Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 512 S. Elm Ave., Owatonna, MN 55060, with the Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester Diocese, officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at Parker Kohl Funeral Home, 1725 Lyndale Ave. N, Faribault, MN 55021, and will continue for one hour prior to the service, with a 10:30 a.m. rosary by the Medford Knights of Columbus, on Wednesday at the church. Interment will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Heron Lake at a later date to coincide with Fr. Clayton’s 70th Ordination. The family prefers that memorials be directed to the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake, St. Mary of Mount Carmel or Catholic Charities Organization in Winona, Minnesota, in memory of Father Clayton. For online tributes and further information please visit