Babler, Laurene H.


Laurene H. Babler, age 90, of Winona, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Laurene Helen was born on December 9, 1929, in Winona, to Louis and Helena (Schettler) Sobeck. On October 8, 1949, she married Richard Babler Sr. in Winona, and he preceded her in death on July 13, 1994.

She was employed with Miller Lubricator, Winona Glove, and with Winona Health until her retirement. Laurene was proud to have served as the Wilson Township Clerk for 24 years.

She was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and Catholic Aid Association.

Laurene will be remembered for her love of embroidery, baking, and canning. She also had an avid interest in researching family genealogy. Laurene had fond memories and was proud that her family helped her uncle on the Schettler family farm, which she was later instrumental in it becoming a Minnesota Century Farm.

Laurene is lovingly survived by her children, Dave (Chris) Babler and Jim (Kathleen) Babler; grandchildren, Eric (Sarah) Babler, Adam (Amelia) Babler, Allison (Joseph Mullin) Babler, Jenna Babler, and Rachel Babler; great-grandchildren, Aubrie Babler, Brodie Babler, and Landen Haney; sister, Lucille Hermann; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Richard Babler Jr.; brothers, Norman Sobeck and Gerald Sobeck; and a sister, Margaret Albrecht.

Due to current health concerns, a family service will be held, with burial at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Wilson.

Laurene’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Winona Health Hospice for the care which they gave to Laurene.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Laurene’s family at

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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