Virginia L. Zabel

Virginia L. Zabel, 82, of Sumner and formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Unity Point Health/Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 26, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church-Spring Fountain of rural Sumner with Rev. George Volkert officiating.  Inurnment will be at Lutheran Cemetery of Sumner Township. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for later designation.

Virginia Lee, daughter of Walter and Martha (Braun) Kuepker was born August 21, 1935, in rural Sumner. She was baptized by Rev. E.L. Runge on September 8, 1935, and confirmed by Rev. Weiss on April 2, 1950, both at St. John Lutheran Church-Spring Fountain. Virginia received her education in the St. John Lutheran Church-Spring Fountain Parochial Schools. On May 3, 1958, she was united in marriage with Paul Zabel by Rev. J.D. Wangerin at St. John Lutheran Church-Spring Fountain. Virginia worked at the Polar Club and Ritz Café, both in Sumner, prior to working for many years as a Nurse’s Aide at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. In May of 1980, the couple moved to Cedar Rapids. While living there, she worked at Bishop’s Buffet, cleaned local businesses and residences, and worked at Hy-Vee as a food demonstrator. Paul’s death occurred on July 25, 2015. Virginia continued to live in Cedar Rapids until her recent move to Cobblestone Court Assisted Living in Sumner. Virginia was a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church-Spring Fountain and while living in Cedar Rapids was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed baking, crafts, embroidery, and traveling with her husband, but her greatest joy was her family.

Virginia is survived by her two children, Jerry Kuepker of Marion, Iowa and Sue (Roger) Bahe of Sumner; two grandchildren, Jonathan Bahe of Seattle, Washington and Kimberly (Curt) Mueller of Waverly, Iowa; and two great-grandsons, Isaac and Elijah Mueller.

In addition to her parents and husband, Paul, she was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Kuepker; and sister, Lorraine Reay.


Bill and Ruth Mund on February 26, 2018 at 5:15 PM said:

We will all miss Virginia. She was such an eligent and gentle lady.
Jane Wegner and Family on February 26, 2018 at 6:06 AM said:

Yogi, we were so saddened to hear of the passing of your dear mom. Know that we are thinking and praying for you all. I will give you a call soon. Lots of love, Jane, Steve, Sophie and Olivia.
Wanda Burrows on February 25, 2018 at 11:21 PM said:

Dear Sue, Roger and Family,
So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing! Never easy to lose a loved one! I remember her from her time here in Sumner. Hugs!
Amy, Eddie & Henry Evans on February 25, 2018 at 4:40 PM said:

Our deepest condolences to you all. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you hugs...
Sharon & Don Mason - Iowa Chapter H Directors on February 24, 2018 at 6:41 AM said:

Sue, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Suzette Gadegbeku on February 23, 2018 at 7:48 PM said:

I miss Ms. Virginia everyday. I have been shocked and saddened over hearing of her passing. She was like a mother to me in our apartment complex. We all are forever changed by knowing her and losing her. May God wrap his arms around you all and guide you through the grief toward all the fond memories of Ms. Virginia.
Linda Dills on February 23, 2018 at 5:44 PM said:

My mom Darlene and I so enjoyed Virginia's company at the Cedars in Cedar Rapids. So sorry to hear about her passing. She is missed and will be remembered.
Therese Heyer on February 22, 2018 at 1:41 PM said:

Jerry, So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deb Schnadt on February 22, 2018 at 7:59 AM said:

Sue, Roger, and family,
We are sorry for your great loss. We will pray for all of you for the comfort God gives. Blessed be her memory.

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