Joseph Emil Thomas Haberl, Jr.

October 16, 1944 - May 28, 2021

Joseph Emil Thomas Haberl, Jr passed away on May 28th, 2021 at Tampa General Hospital with his loving wife, Linda by his side. Joseph was born in October 16th, 1944 to Joseph Thomas Haberl and Silvia Jean in Babylon, Long Island, New York.

He stayed in Babylon for his childhood, graduating from Babylon High School. Joe then married the love of his life, Linda Hayles. This month marked their 53rd wedding anniversary. Joe was drafted into the Army and completed his advanced infantry training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas before serving two years in the Signal Corps in Korea. After his honorable service, the family moved to Califon, NJ and Joe attended Rutgers University studying economics. He became a purchasing agent eventually retiring as the Director of Purchasing. He had many loves and interests including drag racing his Corvette in his youth, golfing, relaxing on the beach, gardening, watching and collecting films, and he had a secret love for baking. He was known by those who loved him as a quiet, kind gentleman, never having a bad thing to say about others.

He is remembered and survived by his wife, Linda, his son and his wife, Stephen and Susan; his daughter and her partner, Jennifer and Sean; his five grandchildren, Emma, Megan, Catherine, Benjamin and Olivia and the beloved family dog, Murphy.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the wonderful care given by Dr. Weston and his staff at Tampa General Hospital. No services will be offered at this time, but memorial contributions can be name in Joseph Haberl’s name to Feline Urban Rescue and Rebab in Phillipsburg, NJ, a cause near to the family’s heart.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Linda haberl Jun 2, 2021 at 5:46 am

    My husband of 53 years I will love you forever Linda

  2. Emma Haberl Jun 3, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Joseph was a wonderful and loving Grandfather. He was always there for my siblings and I. We will cherish the time we had with him. Our family will miss him every day.

    Love, Emma

  3. Megan Haberl Jun 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    I’ll never forget the time Grandpa and I made cookies in the kitchen of his new Florida home. We got along well together, he was quiet and kind and he loved to bake, all things that I loved to do. In all my time with him, I never heard him raise his voice to anyone over anything. As we were combining the ingredients in the mixing bowl, I began to measure the salt over top of the bowl, when he passionately yelled out for me to STOP and to NEVER measure out ingredients over the bowl. As a baker and cake decorator now, theres not a day that goes by that doesn’t make me think back at that moment with him and laugh. He helped to foster a love of baking in my life from the countless cooking shows he always had on in the house and Christmas cookie extravaganzas. He took me to Carlos Bakery for the first time in Hoboken, which was amazing for a young fan (even though the cake had wayr too much icing on it). I will always admire the strength and the fight that he had for many years. I will love and miss you every day, Grandpa.

  4. Kelley and Michael butcher Jun 8, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Enjoyed getting to know him over the years we lived in NJ. Such a kind man who will be missed. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Kelley and Michael Butcher

  5. Terry Saunders Tardif Jun 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Lots of good memories at Sue’s house celebrating holidays & special occasions with both of you. I know how much you will miss him. Joe was a fighter & dealt quietly ,without complaint with his disease. We all will miss him.

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