Anthony J. “Tony” Hable and Karen S. Hable

Anthony J. “Tony” Hable 57 and Karen S. Hable 57 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:58 PM November 11, 2017 from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of  Rt. 51 North and Autumn Rd., Clinton, IL.

Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017 St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Burial will be  St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the church with Rosary at 3:30.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, St. Paul’s Catholic School in Bloomer, Wisconsin, or another organization of your choosing.

Tony was born March 24, 1960 in Chippewa Falls, WI, in his early years was a resident of Bloomer, WI, the son of William and Marcella (Grill) Hable. Karen was born June 19, 1960 in Evansville, IN the daughter of Albert W. and Ruth (Ahlering) Schoettlin, Jr. Tony and Karen were married on June 16, 1984 in Evansville, IN.

Survivors include their children, Alan (Ashley) Hable, Champaign, IL and Emily Hable, Indianapolis, IN; granddaughter, Ava Hable, Champaign, IL and one grandchild on the way;

Also surviving are his siblings:  Monica (Michael) Dimino, Watertown, MA; Patricia Zastrow, Sun Prairie, WI; Jean (Kirby) Bischel, Cincinnati, OH; William (Judy) Hable, Bloomer, WI; Peter Michael “Mike” (Sally) Hable, Bloomer, WI; David (Nancy) Hable, Beraby, British Columbia, Canada.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Hable; sister-in-law, Gloria Hable; and brother-in-law, Milfred Zastrow.

Also surviving are Karen’s siblings: Ruthanne (Thomas) Otto, Baltimore, MD; and Mary Kaye Mooney, St. Louis, MO.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Timothy Mooney.

They were dearly loved as a brother and a sister, as parents, as grandparents, as an uncle and aunt, as in-laws, as cousins, and as friends.

Tony worked his entire post-college career for the Clinton Power Station as a Professional Engineer and spent many hours in his garden in his free time. Karen raised their two children and volunteered her time and energy in caring for many people in the Clinton community and doting on her granddaughter.

Their lives will be marked not by themselves or their careers, but rather, by those that they affected. They often chose to serve others rather than living for themselves. They were both members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, IL where they served as lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, singers in the choir, Sunday school teachers, parish council members, and general servants of all. Along with their parish, they participated in the Cursillo community and their generosity was known by many.

They often remarked that they loved being with their family. Whether it be around table for a nice meal or on a trip to somewhere new, they loved being with their kids and especially loved being together.

5 thoughts on “Anthony J. “Tony” Hable and Karen S. Hable

  1. John and I would like to express our condolences and let you know we have been thinking about you and your family. Your parent’s testimony stands true to God’s way of living a life full of love. They both are in God’s good hands.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you,
    Sharon & John Schilawski


  2. My deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Hable family. I grew up in Bloomer, WI, and attended St. Paul’s Catholic School and Bloomer High School with Tony. Tony was kind, thoughtful, funny, and the smartest kid I knew. I remember him always politely raising his hand to ask one of our nuns in grade school for permission to ask a question. He thirsted for knowledge and had so many questions. In his own way, he taught the class! I enjoyed seeing Tony and meeting Karen at a class reunion. They were a match made in heaven and are now together in God’s eternal kingdom. May the Holy Spirit bring you comfort in your time of sorrow.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Jane (Kuba) Becker


  3. My tears fell as I read this obituary of these two beautiful people on this earth. I am only a stranger, but this grabbed my heart hard. I am so very sorry for your great loss of Karen and Tony. What words can one say to bring comfort in a time of this great sorrow with this loss. My husband Mark is the full time Chaplain at Peoria Rescue Mission for the homeless / poor in society. Our hearts are tender and we feel for your loss of these two wonderful people of Karen on Tony. May our Lord Jesus bring you comfort during this time of great sorrow. Psalm 23 New International Version (NIV)
    Psalm 23
    1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    3 he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


  4. I met Karen and Tony when we were in college. Over the years, Karen and I would write each other letters or send messages on Facebook. They were sweet and kind. Always enjoyed being with family and friends. I’m so very sorry for your loss. But it’s wonderful to know they’re in heaven, singing with the heavenly choir. Praying the Lord surrounds you with his everlasting love. God bless you all.


  5. Dear Mary Kay and Ruthanne,
    I cannot express my sympathy enough for the loss of your sister and brother-in-law. My sister, Jane, sent me the notice of their accident. What a beautiful picture of remembrance of them! Please be assured of my prayers for the comfort of your family.


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