KEARNEY — Janet L. Haberman, 96, of Hastings died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at WEL-Life Assisted Living in Kearney.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Hastings with the Very Rev. Katie Hargis officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings.

There will be no viewing or visitation. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Hastings is in charge of arrangements.


Janet was born May 2, 1923, in Friend to Arthur H. and Luella B. (Stepanek) Roehl. She graduated from Friend High School in 1941.

Janet married Hub Haberman on Oct. 12, 1941, in Friend. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1988. They moved to Hastings in September 1943 after her husband was discharged from the U.S. Air Force. They had purchased a photography business, which was Nelson Studio, and then started their own business, Haberman’s Portrait Studio.

Janet was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral. She was a past member of St. Mark’s Altar Guild, taught Sunday school, served as president of Longfellow PTA, president of Hastings PTA Council, was on the state PTA Board of Managers and was president of United Way in 1968, which was then called the Community Chest.

Janet was a current member of Hastings Museum, The Zone, Eastern Star Acacia 39, Visiting Guild at St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral and Christian Women’s Club, where she represented St. Mark’s. Janet received the Christian women valent award in 2014. She was a current volunteer at the Red Cross and volunteered for many agencies. She received a lifetime membership pin from National PTA.

Janet and Hub raised Arabian horses in the 1960s and were the first in Nebraska to breed and show Arabians. Janet organized the first Nebraska Class A Arabian Horse Show, which was very successful as many came from the surrounding states. She also was the show manager.

Janet enjoyed cooking, traveling and reading.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hub; son, Steve; brother, William Roehl; two sons-in-law, Arlo Frieling and Dan Stump; and great-grandson, Minor Leal.

Survivors include her children, Cindy Frieling and Kris Gravelle, both of Omaha, and Jill Stump of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Janice Haberman; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Start Over Rover or The Zone.