Friday, February 19, 1932
Date of Death:
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
91 years old
LaVerne Marie Zabel, 91, of Rochester, MN passed away on November 14, 2023 at Pine Haven Care Center.
LaVerne was born February 19, 1932 in Chicago, IL to Stanley and Emily (Stermer) Gorski. After graduating from high school in Chicago, LaVerne met and married Robert Zabel. After living in Florida for a few years, LaVerne and Bob moved to Rochester in 1956 for Bob’s work. LaVerne became employed at the history desk at Mayo Clinic, where she would continue to work until she retired. LaVerne and Bob were blessed with seven children. She loved having all her family around her and enjoyed attending all her children’s activities throughout the years. LaVerne also enjoyed lunch and outings with her work friends. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. LaVerne was a thoughtful and kind woman with a soft heart and a sharp mind. She was a devoted wife and mother.
LaVerne is survived by her children, Pat Sandmeyer of Pine Island, MN, Sue (Ron) Moffit of Rochester, MN, John (Gayle) Zabel of Hudson, WI, Chris (Cheryl) Zabel of Big Fork, MT, Barb (Dave) Klein of Clearwater, MN; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband, Bob and sons, Mike and Jeff.
A memorial service to celebrate LaVerne’s life will be held 11:00 AM Friday, January 19, 2024 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St. SE, Rochester, MN, with a luncheon to follow. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until time of the service. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester at a later date. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.mackenfuneralhome.com
The family of LaVerne Zabel has received the following condolences.
Heaven is a little bit better with Pop and Laverne together again. Give my mom and dad a hug. Love from your backdoor neighbors. The Trusty's.
Patty and family, my sincere condolences and prayers to you as you mourn the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace.
Dear Chris, Cheryl and family. I remember your dear mother well. God has taken a good woman home. Please know o our love, hugs and prayers.
Nancy & Tom
Dear Laverne- Thanks for keeping ? and eyes on dear Patty. ❤? Jeanne
I’ve only known your mom for a short time, but in that short time I was blessed with a wonderful experience. I was introduced to LaVerne by my Aunt Elaine who worked with her at Mayo. I helped out your mom with mowing and snow. Every week I enjoyed talking to LaVerne , hearing about the birthdays , special events and of course Hazel the dog. She was so proud of her family. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with knowledge of all those special events past and present. She was sharp! I’m sorry for your loss and God Bless LaVerne. Steve Stettler