Edwin “Jim” Gerhardt Louis Zabel
Published 12:40 pm Monday, September 27, 2021
Edwin “Jim” Gerhardt Louis Zabel, age 91 of Albert Lea, MN, died on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Visitation on Thursday, September 30, from 5pm – 7pm at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea. A private funeral service for family on Saturday, October 2, 2021. lnterment will be at the Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea. Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bayviewfuneral.com. Edwin was born on October 8, 1929, in Waseca, Minnesota, the son of Edwin A and Martha (Wendt) Zabel. Edwin served in the army from 1954-1956. Edwin was united in marriage to Joan Strong on December 31, 1954 in Minnesota Lake, MN. They had 3 children, James, Luann (died as infant) and Frank.
Edwin was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.
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Edwin worked at Wilson Co. in Albert Lea for 27 years and farmed. After retiring Ed and Joan enjoyed traveling
Edwin is survived by his wife Joan (Strong) Zabel; son James “Jim” (wife Rachel) Zabel of Albeft Lea, MN; son Frank Zabel of Burnsville, MN; 2 grand daughters Jamie (husband Neal) Martin of Nora Springs, IA; Tammy (husband Charlie) Jarvi of Owatonna, MN; 4 great grand children Carson and Madisyn Jarvi, Quintin and Josephine Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Edwin is preceded in death by daughter Luann; parents Edwin A and Martha; sisters Viola Hicks, Norma Treptow and brother Alvin Zabel.