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“Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers go out to your entire family. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Becky Rippentrop - Blue Earth, MN

“Deb: I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Judy Harpestad - Wells, MN

“Zabels, I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you. I remember Margaret from high school and her...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy and Jim Anderson - MN

“What a beautiful woman Margaret was! I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jodell - Blue Earth, MN

“Sheryl & Family, We are truly saddened to hear about the loss of your mom and would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jon, Nancy, Victoria & Bren Aal - ND

“Margaret was a joy to be a around and I am so glad I got to get to know her! Sweet, caring and kind are words to describe her and it really doesn't...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Shawn Bromeland

“My sympathy to your family. I only got to know Margaret briefly during my recovery stay at St. Lukes. She was such a fun lady to be with and helped...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley Sheldahl - BE, MN

“My deepest sympathy to the Zabel family. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Cindy Kain Burnett ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy Kain Burnett - Sherburn, MN

“Margaret with her sparkling blue eyes and her beautiful smile was just a honey to know. She will be remembered also for her gracious personality and...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Pearson - Blue Earth, MN

“To all of you our deepest sympahy! Margaret was a very dear woman and will be missed by all! ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Gary & Judy Underdahl - Frost, MN

“What a beautiful woman - inside and out. I am blessed to have met her and her wonderful family. My heart goes out to my faithful and lifelong ...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: M. Vicki Olivo - Owatonna, MN

“Sorry to hear the news about your Mom. You have our sympathy. We'll keep you all in our prayers. You had a wonderful Mom! Your Mom now is with...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Denny & Muggs Zabel - St Clair, MN

“Will miss your Mom's laugh and smile...She is now at peace. I am sure when she first saw Orv she gave him ____(heck)that he left her so soon, and...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Harold

“Sheryl and Family, My heart goes out to you Folks and give you strength to help you through this time. May Your Mom have eternal rest and peace. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Bogatzki - South Haven, MN


Margaret A. Zabel, age 82, of Blue Earth, died Friday, January 4, 2013, at St. Lukes Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 1:00 PM, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, with Father Leo Koppala officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be from 11:00 AM until service time on Tuesday at the church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Margaret was born January 24, 1930, in Mapleton, MN,, the daughter of Lawrence and Gertrude (Gartner) Minkel. She was raised and educated in Mapleton where she attended Mapleton High School. She was married to Orville E. Zabel on May 15, 1950 in Mapleton . The couple soon moved to Frost where they farmed and Margaret was a homemaker, raising 8 children. She had also worked seasonally at Green Giant and was a nurse's aide at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center for 14 years before retiring in 1992. She enjoyed her many vegetable gardens, embroidery and following the MN Twins. Margaret is survived by her son: Gene (Janet) Zabel of Blue Earth, son, Jerry (Tammy) Zabel of Blue Earth, daughter: Debra (Carl) Wentz of Blue Earth, daughter, Kris (Monte) Kroeze of Faribault, daughter, Sheryl (Darrel) Danks of Hutchinson, son, Mark (Karen) Zabel of Kiester, son, Brian (Stacey) Zabel of Owatonna, daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Dardis of St. Clair, her sister, Gen Besser of Wells, sister-in-law, Emily Minkel of Mapleton, 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husand, Orville in 2004, brother, Donald Minkel and brother-in-law, James Besser.