Rose A. Zabel

Rose Zabel, 81, of Sumner, died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Cobblestone Court Assisted Living in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Cheryl Szabo officiating. Burial will be held at New Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 4th at St. John Lutheran Church and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be given to the family for designation at a later date. 

Rose Annabelle, daughter of Alvin and Dorma (Schneider) Wilhelms was born September 8, 1935, in New Hampton. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Rose attended country schools for her early education prior to graduating from New Hampton High School in 1954. On June 5, 1954, she was united in marriage with Wilbert Zabel at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Hampton. The couple farmed in Bremer and Chickasaw Counties prior to retiring in 1986. Wilbert’s death occurred April 23, 2001. Rose continued to live on the farm until moving to Sumner in 2005. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Rose enjoyed gardening, flowers, cross-word puzzles, her cats, and going to auctions.

Rose is survived by her son, Joseph (Diane) Freeman Zabel of Sumner; three granddaughters, Heather (James) Pettit of Cedar Rapids, Penny (Darick) Harness of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Melissa (Samuel) Johnson of Cedar Falls; five great-grandchildren also a step great-grandson and step great-granddaughter, Myah, Timothy, and Miriam Pettit, Harrison and Fay Harness, and Alexis and Grace Johnson,; three sisters-in-law, Virginia Zabel of Cedar Rapids, Marcella Zabel of Fredericksburg, and Lorraine Wilhelms of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a stillborn grandchild; two brothers, Harold who died in infancy, and Glen Wilhelms; four brothers-in-law, Alfred, Elmer, Paul, and Glen Zabel; four sisters-in-law, Elsie, Frieda, Dorothy, and Esther; two nephews; and one niece.


Sue (Frisch) Fellenzer on August 12, 2017 at 9:51 AM said:

Dear Joe and Family: I was saddened to read of the passing of your Mom. My thoughts are with all of you. Although I did not know her personally, I have heard Darlene Duhrkopf speak very fondly of her- I am sure she was a very special lady.
My Best to you-
Sue Fellenzer
Bella Vista, AR
Diane Weltner & Wendall Kueker on August 4, 2017 at 5:49 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Joseph Zabel & his family including everyone else in Rose's family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Dean & Betty Homeister Schilling New Braunfel, TX on August 4, 2017 at 3:08 PM said:

Joe and family,
our sympathy too ya'l.
We all way looked forward to her Christmas card and her note to us each Christmas.
Dean & Betty (Homeister) Schilling, New Braunfels, TX
Anonymous on August 3, 2017 at 8:06 PM said:

Our sympathy to the Zabel family
Carole Mach on August 3, 2017 at 7:28 AM said:

Rose was a good friend, I will miss her.
May she rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her.
"What we see will last only a short time, what we don't see will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:18
Anonymous on August 2, 2017 at 7:59 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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