Margaret A. Zabel

BLUE EARTH – Margaret A. Zabel, age 82, of Blue Earth, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, with Father Leo Koppala officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at

Margaret was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Mapleton, the daughter of Lawrence and Gertrude (Gartner) Minkel. She was raised and educated in Mapleton where she attended Mapleton High School. She was married to Orville E. Zabel on May 15, 1950, in Mapleton. The couple soon moved to Frost where they farmed and Margaret was a homemaker, raising eight children. She had also worked seasonally at Green Giant and was a nurse’s aide at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center for 14 years before retiring in 1992. She enjoyed her many vegetable gardens, embroidery and following the Minnesota Twins.

Margaret is survived by her son, Gene (Janet) Zabel of Blue Earth, son, Jerry (Tammy) Zabel of Blue Earth, daughter: Debra (Carl) Wentz of Blue Earth, daughter, Kris (Monte) Kroeze of Faribault, daughter, Sheryl (Darrel) Danks of Hutchinson, son, Mark (Karen) Zabel of Kiester, son, Brian (Stacey) Zabel of Owatonna, and daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Dardis of St. Clair; her sister, Gen Besser of Wells; sister-in-law, Emily Minkel of Mapleton; 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Orville in 2004; brother, Donald Minkel; and brother-in-law, James Besser.