Eugene F. "Gene" Zabinski, age 86, of Trempealeau, WI, died on Thursday, December 27, 2007, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI.
Gene was born on July 21, 1921, in Pine Creek, WI, to John and Laura (Mrozek) Zabinski. On November 18, 1947, he married Dorothy Ann Ebertowski in Winona.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Creek, WI. Gene had a great interest in politics and served as the Town Chairman for Dodge Township, and he was also a member of the Trempealeau County Social Services Board of Directors and the Trempealeau Village Board.
Gene farmed during his entire life, and in his later years, he continued working on the farm by helping his son. He loved hunting, fishing, playing cards, and taking his Monday and Wednesday trips to the casino. Gene especially enjoyed the many travels he took with his wife, Dorothy.
Gene is survived by his children: Joyce Mueller, Winona, MN; Nancy (Joe) Bill, Fountain Hills, AZ; Karen (Darrell) Sonsalla, Trempealeau, WI; Charles (Barbara) Zabinski, Arcadia, WI; Christine (Scott) Stevens, Trempealeau, WI; 10 grandchildren: Dawn (Jeff) Banicki, Brenda Mueller, Emily Sonsalla, Mike (Rebecca) Sonsalla, Stefan Bill, Stacey, Travis, Holly, and Dustin Zabinski, and Jason Markwardt; five great-grandchildren: Jesse, Dylan, and Nicole Banicki, Cyrill Wyllie-Sonsalla, and Brock Holicek; brother, Joe Sabend, Milwaukee, WI; sister, Alvina Ohm, Indiana; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; son, Gary Zabinski; granddaughter, Jennifer Sonsalla; son-in-law, Wayne Mueller; five brothers; one sister; and two halfsisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Creek, WI. The Reverend William Kulas and Father Raj will concelebrate.
Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Pine Creek, WI.
Family and friends may call from 4 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 PM. Visitation will also be held at Sacred Heart Church in Pine Creek on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, from 10:30 AM until the time of the Mass.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Gene's grandchildren.
On-line condolences or memories may be left for Gene's family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
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