Doris Labat


Labat, DorisDoris Labat age 84 of Sleepy Eye, formerly of Milroy and Marshall, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center.  Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at the church.  Interment is in the church cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Doris M. (VanOverbeke) Labat was born June 29, 1929 near Ghent, Minnesota to Arthur and Josephine (Jennen) VanOverbeke.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.  She attended Cottonwood Public Schools, graduating in 1947.  Doris went on to practice nursing at the Tracy Hospital.  On August 23, 1950, Doris was united in marriage to John P. Labat at St. Clotilde’s Catholic Church in Green Valley, Minnesota.  Together, Doris and John lived on the family farm in rural Milroy where they raised their family of seven children.  They enjoyed extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe where they visited relatives and located their parents’ birthplaces.  Doris was very involved and active with her children at school and community events.  Family was very important to her, and she helped care for her grandchildren which she enjoyed very much.  Not only was she a caregiver for her children and grandchildren, but also a variety of animals that were the family pets.  She always put others before herself.  Doris loved gardening, cooking, baking, and canning.  She was very active as a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she served with the CCW.  She was also part of the Legion Auxiliary and Extension Club.

Doris is survived by her children: Beverly (Ron) Petersen of Sleepy Eye, Dave (Jodi) Labat of Mesa, AZ, John J. (Lynn) Labat of Milroy, Julie (Alan) Macht of Marshall, Dan (Julie) Labat of Detroit Lakes, and Laurie (Jim) Allex of St. Cloud; 23 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her siblings: Vincent (Lucella) VanOverbeke, Ronald (Deloris) VanOverbeke, Audrey (George) Bakker, Marlen (Judy) VanOverbeke; and many other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John P. Labat, infant son Steven, brothers Francis VanOverbeke and James VanOverbeke, sister Phyllis Bot, and infant brother Jerome VanOverbeke.


  1. Mary Miller says:

    My heart goes out to the family. Death is something that we never get use to. In fact, God’s word refer to it as an enemy as 1 Corinthians 15:26 says. So we can’t help but pain, when we lose someone we love and God love you and know your pain, so he will bring back to life all those in his memory. Please, you and your family, find some strength and comfort from these few facts, in your difficult days ahead and time of need.

  2. Jeff and a palm Haukom says:

    Our sincere condolences to you and yours. Doris was a neat lady and has a great family! love to you all! The Jeff and Pam Haukom family.

    • Jeff and a palm Haukom says:

      Our sincere condolences to you and yours. Doris was a neat lady and has a great family! love to you all! The Jeff and Pam Haukom family.

  3. Krisi Hoffmann says:

    My sympathy to you at this time of loss. I loved to take care of Doris, her smile could light up the room! She will be missed at the SECC by her room mate and the staff. We all enjoyed caring for her. Krisi Hoffmann

  4. Arlene Buysse says:

    I was very saddened to hear of the loss of Doris, a dear mother, grandmother and friend! She is such a dear lady and will be greatly missed. May the fond memories of her and knowing others around you share in your saddness today. Much sympathy and blessings to each and every one of you! Arlene Buysse

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