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Jeanette Elizabeth (née Threinen) Haberstock was born in Dropmore, MB on February 26, 1939. She was the third of four children born to Edward and Katherine (née Adam) Threinen. She was baptised at home and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Landestreu, SK. Her schooling included Landestreu, MacNutt and Yorkton Collegiate Institute, graduating in 1957. Her post secondary education was spent at Concordia College, first in Edmonton, AB, then Seward, Nebraska. She graduated in 1960 with a Teacher’s Diploma and a BSc (Education - Biology/Art). She began her teaching career as a first grade teacher at Redemption Lutheran School in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Meeting in the summer of 1954 and then rekindling their romance during the summer of 1961, Jeanette and Elmer Haberstock had a true love story. The sweethearts married on July 14, 1963. Together they raised three children: Michelle, Joel, and Twila. Their acreage, just north of Yorkton, brought much enjoyment with nature walks, cross country skiing, berry picking, skating, gardening, flowers, dogs, cats and a horse.
Jeanette’s Christian faith was very important to her. It was demonstrated in many ways at Zion Lutheran Church as she served in a variety of positions with the LWML (locally and regionally), was superintendent of the Sunday School, taught Vacation Bible School, led the cradle roll, was passionate about the Evangelism team, enjoyed hospital/shut-in visitation, and sang in the choir.
Along with Mercida Schmidt, Jeanette started the Yorkton Nursery School in 1975, welcoming hundreds of 4 year olds over the years. However, Mom was more than a teacher; she was an artist, an author, and a historian. She hosted painting groups in her basement studio. In 1971 she began writing the memoirs of her paternal grandmother, Maria Threinen, which culminated in Maria’s Memories in 1976. Later, inspired by her in-laws Fred & Adele Haberstock, she captured their story in A Godly Heritage (1991).
Jeanette was both a constant treasure of faith and a creative wonder - her perspective and approach to life and creation had a deep and subtle influence on many around her, including her many nieces and nephews. There were skits, art projects, puppet plays - seemingly no end to the loving assault on the right sides of our brains. Elmer and Jeanette’s generous nature led them to join Yorkton’s Open Door Society, where they welcomed people from around the world into their home and lives.
Jeanette enjoyed adventure. As a young adult, she travelled through Europe. During her young married life, the family camped throughout Canada and the United States, often as the family travelled to LLL conventions. When the kids were grown, travel resumed. Europe, Guatemala, the Caribbean, Mexico, Thailand and Japan were explored. Her last big adventure was a trip to BC in the summer of 2022, where she hosted her family for some houseboat fun in the Shuswap!
In 1992, Jeanette became a mother-in-law, and in 1996 she became Nana. She appreciated Jodie, Randy and Angelo for who they are and the gifts they brought into the family. She enjoyed each grandchild dearly and uniquely. Nana instilled in them a love of art and adventure; baking and biscuits; music and murals; perogies and poetry.
The last few years have been hard on Mom since she wasn’t able to do many of the things that she loved to do. Jeanette departed this life on July 31, 2023 at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 5 days. She fell asleep peacefully, believing and knowing eternal salvation is hers because of God’s love for her, displayed most clearly in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jeanette is predeceased by her husband Elmer (2019), father Edward (2004), mother Katherine (2005), and brother Dennis (1994). To mourn her passing and celebrate her life, she leaves her children Michelle (Randy) Dzuba of Yorkton, Joel (Jodie) of Coldstream, BC, and Twila (Angelo) Napoleoni of Yorkton; two grandsons: Darius and Caleb; five grand-daughters: Anica, Rebecca, Zoe, Alicia, and Isabella; sister Ninita (Howard) Hautz, brother Norman (Muriel) Threinen, sister-in-law Sandra Threinen, as well as in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends far and near.
Viewing for family and friends of the late Jeanette Haberstock, age 84 years of Yorkton, will be held on Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00 PM at the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home. A funeral service for Jeanette Haberstock will be held on Thursday, August 17, at 1:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Interment will follow in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Jeanette may be made to the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society (CLMS) or Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS).