Robert L Habelman Sr.

Robert L. Habelman Sr., 102, of Tomah died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his home.


Robert L. Habelman Sr., 102, of Tomah died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his home. He was born to Edward and Anna (Lobe) Habelman on December 31, 1917 in the Town of Greenfield. He graduated from the Tomah Senior High School in in 1936. He was united in marriage to Jean Hoag on August 4, 1939 at St. John Lutheran Church, in Charles City, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 18, 2002. He was an owner and operator of the Habelman Brother’s Cranberry Marsh. Robert was a pioneer in the Wisconsin Cranberry Industry. Alongside his family they developed the original 13-acre marsh, into a corporation, with three locations and 700 producing acres. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, an active member of the Tomah Lion’s Club, and served on the Oak Grove Cemetery Board for 60 years. He was an excellent bowler. Robert was affectionally known as “Pa”, he loved to travel with his family and friends, and spent his winter’s in Marco Island Fl.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Carolyn Habelman of Tomah, a nephew Ray E. (Kris) two great nephews, Jeff Habelman, and Ray J. (Staci) Habelman all of Tomah, 2 great-nieces Julie Habelman of LaCrosse and Holly (Rick) Carlson of Tomah, as well as many great-great nephews and nieces.
In addition to his wife Jean, he was preceded in death by a son Robert L. Jr, and an infant son Arthur John, his parents, 4 brothers Kenneth, Claire, Lloyd, and Raymond, 2 sisters, Eileen (Ray) Gottbeheut and Gladys (Stacy) Van Petten, and several nieces and nephews.
Private Family Funeral Services were held. Pastor Curt S. Backhaus officiated. There will be a Celebration of Robert’s Life that will be announced in the Spring.
The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to