Luanne Ida Mulawa (nee Habenicht), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4, 1960 and passed away on March 22, 2020 at Evelyn’s Hospice House near my family home in St. Charles, Missouri. I leave behind a loving husband, who is devoted to our three wonderful children, who have grown to become fine young adults. I wish I had spent more time in their company, but I know they will go on to make their time count and be useful service to their beliefs and to others. Their love for me and mine for them is the most precious gift of my life.
My academic journey included participating in Milwaukee Public Schools’ head start program, desegregated busing, magnet school program, and accelerated Army ROTC program-with basic camp at Fort Knox, KY. I attended and earned degrees from Milwaukee Hamilton High School, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Purdue University.
I was blessed to have a wonderful professional career, serving over 33 years for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community, and retiring from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on March 31, 2016.
It was a pleasure to be able to volunteer my services as a Board Director for Achievements Unlimited Inc., a non-profit with the mission of supporting adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support their mission.
The turning point of my unexpected life-ending health diagnosis of pancreas cancer brought me closer to God. My personal mantra has been the bible phrase, “rejoice in the struggle, it builds character, strength and hope…” I have had a blessed life with a family and friends that I love dearly. I believe I tried to do my best. At times I have reflected back realizing my choices were not always the best, but they helped shape me into who I am. I have been blessed with many adventures, professional recognitions and most importantly special moments with the people I have cherished in this life.
To those I have wronged, I ask forgiveness; to those I have helped, I wish I could have done more; to those I was unable to help, I ask for understanding; and to those who helped me, I am eternally grateful.
I am survived by my husband, Dave Mulawa, daughter Emily Mulawa Cravens (Thomas J. Cravens), son, David B. Mulawa and son, Daniel C. Mulawa; parents, Ida B. Habenicht and Louis J. Habenicht, sisters, Lori J. Ress (Henry Ress) and Lynda M. Zebrick (Craig Zebrick), nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding me in death is my brother, Keith L. Habenicht (2015 Germantown, WI).
Memorials may be made in Luanne's name to Achievements Unlimited Inc.