Elsie Mildred (Horak) Zabel
April 30, 1933 to January 17, 2020
Elsie Mildred (Horak) Zabel, 86, of Three Oaks, MI passed away January 17, 2020 at her residence. Arrangements entrusted to Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Service 926-9440. Memorial contributions may be made in Elsie’s name to Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085. For those who wish to leave an online condolence you may do so at www.purelycremations.org.
Elsie was born April 30, 1933, in Three Oaks to John and Anna (Kriz) Horak. After graduating High School, she married the love of her life, Richard Zabel on November 17, 1951 in Three Oaks. Together they enjoyed 68 years of marriage and raised two daughters. Elsie worked as a Controller at Fifth/Third Bank (formerly known as Bank of Three Oaks) over 22 years before retiring. She was also a member of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church. Elsie loved to plan and cook meals for her family, attend River Valley basketball games and play all types of card games with her husband and friends.
Elsie is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters Roxann (Jim) McGuigan of Three Oaks and Rhonda (Wayne) Giggy of LaPorte, IN; grandsons, Ryan (Kandie) Ehlert, Nathan (Erin) Ehlert, Christopher (Wendy) Blackwell, David (Grace) Blackwell and Zachery (Christina) Blackwell; 12 great-grandchildren (number 13 expected to arrive soon) and several nieces and nephews.
Elsie was preceded by her parents; sisters, Margaret Jelinek and Rose Waldo and brother, Joseph Horak.Print Obituary & Condolences