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Published October 02, 2013, 12:00 AM

Sister M. Anne Louise Hablas

Sister M. Anne Louise Hablas, age 87, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, Fargo, died Sunday, September 29, 2013. Barbara Hablas was born December 4, 1925, to Anne Shinners Hablas and Louis Hablas in Fargo, ND. She is survived by five sisters-- Mary Vik of St. Paul, MN; Anne Marchione of Medford, OR; Fran (Al) Venditto of Warwick, RI; Catherine (Bill) Bernard of Willmar, MN; and Ruth of Amesbury, MA; a brother, Louis (Kate) of Tilton, IL, and the members of her religious congregation. She was preceded in death by her brother, John, and brothers-in-law, Vincent Vik and Rocco Marchione

A graduate of St. Anthony’s School and of Sacred Heart Academy, Barbara entered the Order of the Presentation Sisters, received the name, Sister M. Anne Louise, and made Profession of Vows in 1946. She majored in social studies and received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Scholastica. Her graduate degree which she received from The Catholic University of America was in history. She did further study in theology and scripture at St. Paul’s University, St. Norbert’s College, St. Louis University, and Notre Dame University.

Sister M. Anne Louise Hablas

Sister M. Anne Louise Hablas, age 87, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, Fargo, died Sunday, September 29, 2013. Barbara Hablas was born December 4, 1925, to Anne Shinners Hablas and Louis Hablas in Fargo, ND. She is survived by five sisters-- Mary Vik of St. Paul, MN; Anne Marchione of Medford, OR; Fran (Al) Venditto of Warwick, RI; Catherine (Bill) Bernard of Willmar, MN; and Ruth of Amesbury, MA; a brother, Louis (Kate) of Tilton, IL, and the members of her religious congregation. She was preceded in death by her brother, John, and brothers-in-law, Vincent Vik and Rocco Marchione

A graduate of St. Anthony’s School and of Sacred Heart Academy, Barbara entered the Order of the Presentation Sisters, received the name, Sister M. Anne Louise, and made Profession of Vows in 1946. She majored in social studies and received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Scholastica. Her graduate degree which she received from The Catholic University of America was in history. She did further study in theology and scripture at St. Paul’s University, St. Norbert’s College, St. Louis University, and Notre Dame University.

Sister Anne taught at Shanley High School for 23 years and at St. James Academy for two years. Following her teaching ministry, Sister Anne was a pastoral associate at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 1976 to 1980. She then embarked on a 23 year journey with the people of Appalachia establishing literacy programs, facilitating delivery of technical and higher education programs to rural areas, and working with such groups as Save Our Cumberland Mountains, Alternatives, VISTA, Mountain Women’s Exchange, and the Knoxville Diocese Office of Justice-Peace-Integrity of Creation. From 2006 to 2011 she served in the Presentation Peace and Justice Office in Fargo. Sister Anne also served her congregation as novice director from 1964-1970 and as president from 1992-1995.

Her work gained the attention of such diverse groups as the Highlander Center of Adult Education Research which sponsored her participation in a fact-finding trip to Nicaragua, the Scripps Howard Foundation which honored her with an award for her work in promoting literacy, state troopers who arrested her for her presence at an anti-nuclear demonstration, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance who presented her its Peacemaker Award, and The Fargo Forum from which she received a Golden Pen award.

Visitation will be at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel Friday, October 4, from 6:15 to 7:30 pm and at St. Anthony’s Church one hour prior to Mass on Saturday. The prayer service vigil will be held at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel October 4 at 7:30 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Saturday, October 5, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Church with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery North.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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