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Sarah Jane (Speyer) Habinak
Sarah Jane (Speyer) HabinakCrucifixSarah Jane (Speyer) Habinak, 88 of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at her home, April 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.

Sarah, devoted wife of Albert Habinak, wonderful mother of four beautiful children, Mary (Dr. Gilbert) Emde of Stillwater, OK, Karen (Rick) Green of Pittsburgh, PA, Ann Habinak of Stillwater, OK, and Tim (Alice) Habinak of College Station, TX. She was a loving Grandma to Rachael (Dr. Spencer) Lindsey, Mark (Patsy) Emde, Kevin (McKenna) Emde, and Justin, Nathan, Ryan Habinak. She was Big Mimi to Elsie and Isla.

Sarah was born on July 31, 1933 in Richwood, Ohio to Paul and Madonna Speyer. She graduated from Richwood High School. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Education and was the first college graduate in her family. She received her Master’s in Counseling from Prairie View A&M. Her passion was teaching careers to junior high students where she had a positive influence on her students.

Sarah met her husband while teaching in Olmstead Falls, Ohio. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before his death in 2020.

The family camped throughout much of the United States. She loved RVing. Al and Sarah enjoyed traveling the world to destinations such as Hawaii, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Africa, Australia, Germany, Russia, Indonesia, China, Brazil, India, Puerto Rico; they went on multiple cruises and decorated floats at the Rose Parade.  Sarah went to the Kentucky Derby and the Holy Land. Sarah also enjoyed quilting.

After retiring, Al and Sarah started a business making Alberto’s Sweet Jalapeno Relish. Sarah created amazing recipes and expanded their product line. They enjoyed travelling to craft shows throughout the Southwest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Kathryn Hook, and her brother, Paul James Speyer.

She will be truly missed.

Funeral Services celebrating her life will be Saturday April 9, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, Father Kyle Tennant will officiate, burial will follow in the Price Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home in Richwood, there will be a Rosary Service at 7 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Alzheimer's Assn. 6660 S. Sheridan Road, Suite 202 Tulsa, OK 74133.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Stacy Thompson
Wed, Apr 6, 2022 at 12:24 PM

We are thinking of you during this time. I enjoyed times I talked with her and know how much she loved being involved in her children's families’ daily lives.  I hope it brings peace to know you got some good time With her. Sending love.
Stacy Thompson Steve Murray with Gabe, Kara and Shayla.

#2 from: Fr. Nicholas Taylor
Colorado Springs, CO
Wed, Apr 6, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Heartfelt condolences to the Habinak family.  Sarah and Al were lovely people whom I remember fondly.

#3 from: Rebecca George
Wed, Apr 6, 2022 at 7:21 PM

My condolences to Sarah's family.  I love their "Alberto's Sweet Jalepeno Relish."  I wish we could buy it locally.  It was introduced to me several years ago by one of Sarah's nephews.  

#4 from: Caroline Emde-Bhakta
Ithaca, NY
Thu, Apr 7, 2022 at 1:42 PM

Grandma Sarah was always kind and had a beautiful smile on her face. We will miss her and offer our thoughts and prayers to Aunt Mary, Uncle Gil, Rachael, Mark, Kevin, Elsie and Isla.  Love the Bhaktas

#5 from: Kay Kellogg
Edmond, Oklahoma
Thu, Apr 7, 2022 at 3:09 PM

Sarah was a very special member of our extended family.  We will cherish her sense of humor and all the great stories she shared.  My children had a bonus Grandma (and Grandpa)!  Love to all the family members during this time of remembrance.  

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