Lucille Zabel, 86

Lucille Elizabeth (Pieper) Zabel, age 86, of Norwood Young America, MN, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Funeral services were Friday, March 21, 2014, 2 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with interment following in the church cemetery.

The Reverend David Winter officiated the service. Music was provided by pianist, Rita Luecke, and soloist, Lawrence Biermann, who sang “Blessed Assurance” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “I Am But A Stranger Here,” and “Abide With Me,”

Casket bearers were Lucille’s grandchildren: Charity Kranz, Luke Zabel, Adam Zabel, Blake Zabel, Derek Zabel, Jeremy Zabel, Joshua Zabel, Brandon Zabel, Ashley Zabel, Elizabeth Zabel, and Anastasia Zabel.

Lucille Elizabeth (Pieper) Zabel was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Camden Township, Carver County, MN. She was the daughter of Oscar and Florence (Zellmann) Pieper.

Lucille was baptized as an infant Jan. 15, 1928, by Rev. Abraham and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth April 6, 1941, by Rev. W. P. Kramer, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America.

She received her elementary education at St. John’s Lutheran Parochial School in Norwood Young America and was a graduate of the Central High School class of 1945.

On Oct. 6, 1948, Lucille was united in marriage to Warner Zabel by the Rev. W. Kramer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America. Lucille and Warner made their home on her father’s farm in Norwood Young America, spent a couple of years in Cologne, before moving to New Germany in 1984.

Lucille and Warner moved back to Norwood Young America to live in Peace Villa, where she continued to reside.

Their marriage was blessed with four children, Robert, James, David, and Mark. Lucille and Warner shared 59 years of marriage, until Warner passed away Sept. 5, 2008.

After graduating from high school, Lucille was a phone operator for the Pioneer Phone Company. In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, she helped Warner on the family farm for over 35 years. When the boys were older, Lucille cleaned homes in Minnetonka and Edina.

She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, where Lucille sang in the church choir, attended Bible study classes and served in the LWML. Lucille was also a member of the New Germany American Legion Auxiliary Post #601.

Lucille enjoyed gardening, fishing, crocheting, baking, canning and playing cards with friends. About 25 years ago, Lucille and Warner took an Alaskan trip where they enjoyed camping and spending time with each other and made many friends. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

Lucille passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 16 days.

Lucille is survived by her sons, James Zabel and his wife, Pamela, of Minnetrista, David Zabel of Glencoe, Mark Zabel and wife, Kim, of Victoria; and daughter-in-law, Joyce Zabel of Norwood Young America.

She is further survived by grandchildren, Charity Kranz and husband, Karl, Luke Zabel and his wife, Amber, Adam Zabel and his wife, Tracy, Blake Zabel, Derek Zabel, Jeremy Zabel and his wife, Kate, Joshua Zabel and his wife, Rachel, Brandon Zabel and his wife, Marcie, Ashley Zabel, Elizabeth Zabel, and Anastasia Zabel.

Great grandchildren surviving her are: Adelyn, Aiden, Anika, August, Kendall, Emerson, Silas, and Zach along with sisters, Marian Paulson of Fridley, Carol Peterson of Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Sheilah Schuette and her husband, Leonard, of Lester Prairie; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Lucille is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Florence Pieper; husband, Warner Zabel; son, Robert Zabel; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Floyd Paulson, William and Francella Schultz, Ray Peterson; nephews, Rick Peterson and Lynn “Corky” Schultz.

Luncheon will be served at the church immediately following the committal service.

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