Warner Zabel, age 81, of Norwood Young America, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at the Elim Home in Watertown.
He was born Sept. 13, 1926, the son of Arthur and Clara (Pawelk) Zabel in New Germany. Warner entered God’s kingdom of grace through the water’s of Holy Baptism Sept. 27, 1926, at St. Marks’ Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. Theodore Rolf officiating. He was confirmed by the same March 17, 1940.
Warner attended St. Marks’ Lutheran School through the eighth grade and then went on to attend Central High School.
He enlisted in the Navy Sept. 11, 1944, and began active duty Oct. 23, 1944, serving in the Pacific on the Ammo Ship during World War II, until April 12, 1946.
He then finished his senior year and graduated from Central High School.
Warner worked at various jobs and farms after high school in the Young America and New Germany areas.
He was united in marriage to Lucille Pieper Oct. 6, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. W. P. Kraemer officiating. The Lord blessed them with four sons; Robert, James, David, and Mark.
Warner and Lucille were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America, where Warner served on the board of stewards as a trustee, as a member of the choir, and was a member of the Men’s Club.
Warner and Lucille farmed her grandfather’s farm near Eagle Lake for over 35 years until 1982, when they moved to New Germany. After retiring from farming, Warner worked at Lake Region in Victoria, and Crown Manufacturing in Jonathan.
Warner and Lucille enjoyed many trips with friends and family. Their favorite was an extended trip to Alaska.
Warner loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, feeding and watching the birds, painting landscape and wildlife oil paintings, wood carving, and playing cards with friends.
He spent the last 10 months at the Elim Nursing Home in Watertown.
Warner was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Clara Zabel; father and mother-in-law Oscar and Florence Pieper; sister and brother-in-law Francilla and William Schultz; brothers-in-law Floyd Paulson and Ray Peterson; and nephew Rick Peterson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; children Robert and Joyce Zabel of Norwood, James and Pamela Zabel of Minnetrista, David Zabel of Glencoe, and Mark and Kim Zabel of Victoria; grandchildren Charity and Karl Kranz, Luke Zabel (special friend Amber Refsland), Adam and Tracy Zabel, Blake Zabel, Derek Zabel, Jeremy and Kate Zabel, Joshua and Rachel Zabel, Brandon and Marcie Zabel, Ashley Zabel, Elizabeth Zabel, and Anastasia Zabel; and great-granddaughter Adelyn Lucille Zabel.
Warner is further survived by sister and brother-in-law Sheilah and Leonard Schuette; and sisters-in-law Marian Paulson and Carol Peterson; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Norwood Young America with the Rev. Scott Gustafson officiating. The organist was Arthur Fuchs. Soloist Franklin Schoenke sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” The other congregational hymns were “Old Rugged Cross,” “Abide with Me,” “I’m But a Stranger Here,” and Rita Lueke accompanied “On Eagles’ Wings.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
Serving as casket bearers were Luke Zabel, Adam Zabel, Blake Zabel, Derek Zabel, Jeremy Zabel, Joshua Zabel, Brandon Zabel, and Karl Kranz. Honorary casket bearers were Charity Kranz, Ashley Zabel, Elizabeth Zabel, and Anastasia Zabel.
Visitation was Friday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Home of Norwood Young America, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. at the funeral home, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were with Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America. For online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com