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Kimberley Faith Zabel

Kimberley Faith Zabel, age 46, of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 3, 1962, in Mankato, to Merven and Judy (Olson) Jensen. Kim was joined by sister, Christy, Feb. 8, 1964.

Kim graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly High School in 1981.

She worked for Donaldson’s Department Store in Ridgedale.

Kim married Joseph C. Zabel Nov. 6, 1982, much to the dismay of the groomsmen; it was deer hunting opener. Kim and Joe were blessed to spend more than 25 years together, and had four children.

Kim decided to become a homemaker, and spent her time raising the children and working on her crafts. Her daughter Katie was born in 1985; followed by Amanda in 1986 (who died shortly after birth in her mother’s arms), Heather in 1987, and Kevin in 1990.

With the newly completed family, the need for more room was met with the construction of a new home north of Howard Lake in 1992, leaving behind their cramped apartment in Delano.

In 1995, Kim showed everyone her true courage when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatments. As the years went on, she showed the world how determined she was to beat the cancer, having many chemotherapy and radiation treatments and undergoing several more surgeries, including brain surgery for two tumors in 2002. She continued to battle cancer for 13 years, bravely enduring it without complaint and always, with a smile.

Kim’s main goal was to see her children graduate from high school and ultimately, she wanted to see her grandchildren. She was blessed with grandson Matthew in 2007, and granddaughter Madison in 2008. They were Grandma’s babies.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Kim loved to spend time with her family and was passionately devoted to her various crafts. She especially loved knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, doing crossword puzzles, and playing Scrabble. She always said that with a ball of yarn, she could make anything! Kim always prided herself on her ability to beat her children, or anyone, at a friendly game of Scrabble, Solitaire, or Euchre.

Even towards the end, Kim was positive and very faithful to God’s plan. The evening of Wednesday, Sept. 10, Kim was taken to the hospital in Waconia, and the entire family had a chance to say goodbye. She died peacefully, gazing into heaven, at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, with Joe by her side.

In addition to her daughter, Amanda, Kim was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gerald and Flavia Olson, and Chris and Grace Jensen; uncles Victor Jensen, Ernest Jenson, and Gene Stabe; and father-in-law Carl Zabel.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; children Katherine (Justin) Marquardt, Heather Zabel and friend Darrick Graunke, and Kevin Zabel; grandchildren Matthew Diers, and Madison Marquardt; parents Merven and Judy Jensen; sister Christy (Timothy) Geldert; mother-in-law Elaine Zabel; and brothers-in-law Michael (Lynda) Zabel, Richard (Sara) Zabel, and Anthony (Stephanie) Zabel.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake with interment at St. Charles Cemetery in Maple Lake.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.