EVELYN DELORES (ZEISLOFT) ZABEL, 96, of Auburn, passed from this life on Saturday, March 31, 2012, 3:20 a.m., at her home where she had suffered declining health over the last month or so. Born Dec. 8, 1915, in Putnam County, Ohio, she was the oldest child and daughter of the late Floyd J. and Daisy (Schreckeng haust / Secondcost) Zeisloft. The young family moved to Wilmington Township, DeKalb County, Indiana, in 1918 to raise potatoes, onions and cabbage on the muck. There she attended nearby Mudsock School and later Auburn High School. After her school days, she took employment at Rieke Corporation and then at Wolf & Dessauer before moving to California in the 1940's. She was a veteran of World War II serving as a Navy Wave in a hospital pharmacy department. In 1947, she married an Oklahoman and Navy man, Wilbert "Bill" Zabel. They set up housekeeping in Bell, Calif., where Evelyn entered college on the GI Bill and upon graduation taught elementary school in the San Diego School System until retirement. She and Bill were world travelers, and in one year, 1977, they made a 'road trip' of 12,368 miles visiting every state in the continental United States. They lived their life together in California, Oregon and finally in Roswell, New Mexico. In 2003, after Bill died she moved to White Plains, Md., and then back to Auburn, in 2007. Her main joy was in collecting hats and dolls and in gardening. She is survived by a brother, Thornton (Marjorie) Zeisloft of Auburn; a sister, Zwanda Helmick of Friendship, Md.; a sister-in-law, Suzanne Zeisloft of Auburn; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, et cetera et cetera. She was also preceded in death by her spouse, Wilbert Zabel; a brother, Zelwyn Z. Zeisloft; and a sister, Gailanna June Knox. Evelyn bequeathed her body to the Anatomical Education Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Norris Chapel Methodist Church, where she first attended church. Pastor Susan Smith Bryden officiating.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 12, 2012