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Obituary: Erna C. Zirbel

Oct 19, 2015 05:07PM ● Published by Jim

Erna C. Zirbel

Erna C. Zirbel, 93, a resident of Matthews of Horicon passed away on Friday, October 16, 2015 at her home.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Juneau with the Rev. Paul Schupmann officiating.  A visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.  Interment will take place at Highland Memory Gardens, township of Trenton, WI. 

Erna was born the daughter of Henry and Alma (Christian) Frank on May 25, 1922 in Mayville.  She was baptized on June 4, 1922 as well as confirmed in 1934 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville.  Erna attended Mayville High School.  She was married to Norman V. Zirbel on March 2, 1946 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Mayville.  Erna was employed with Ideal Shoe Factory and Bell Telephone Co. until she needed to care for sick parents. 

Erna was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Juneau.  She loved to play cards and enjoyed quilting and crocheting.  She will be remembered for her collection of salt and pepper shakers.  Erna was most passionate about her children. 

Erna is survived by her daughters: Donna (Phil) Erickson of Watertown, Ann (Dale) Hammann of Horicon, Luann (Jack Eller) DeVos of Omro, and Dorothy Reak of Waupun; her son, David (Joanne) Zirbel of Lowell; her grandchildren: Christine DeVos, Trisha (Dan) Kastein, Terri (Randy) Hupf, Scott (Debra) Southard, David (Lynn)Zirbel, Julie (Don) Reagan, Nathan (Lynn Noster) Erickson, Melissa (Frank Moralez) Hammann, and Corey (Hilary Mueller) Hammann; great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Vera Schmidt; other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman, her son-in-law, Eugene Reak; grandchildren: Theodore Southard, Thomas Southard and Daniel Zirbel, her sisters-in-law: Lillian Zirbel, Andrea Zirbel, Arline Bensley, Marlene Zirbel, and Gloria Zirbel; her brothers-in-law: Ronald Zirbel, Ervin Zirbel, Clarence Bensley, Donald Zirbel, Paul Schmidt, Vilas Zirbel, and Marlen Zirbel.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Juneau – Organ Fund.

Erna’s family would like to express thanks to everyone at Matthews of Horicon, Generations Hospice and the ministers at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Juneau for all their loving care, kindness and support.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral and Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com 

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