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ALFRED ZINNIEL

Alfred Zinniel, 89, of Park Rapids, died Friday, July 4, 2014 at CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids.

Alfred Zinniel was born March 28, 1925 to John and Alvina (Forchle) Zinniel in Park Rapids. He attended the area country school through the eighth grade.

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On Aug. 5, 1967 he married Mary Ilene Potter/Schumacker at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Park Rapids. He worked in construction, logging, at the Legion Club and the feed store.

Although many people thought Alfred to be very quiet and reserved, he was really quite the opposite. Alfred enjoyed calling Bingo for many years at the Legion, Eagles Club and finally at the Akeley VFW. Alfred had a wonderful sense of humor which was known only to those who got close to him.

He loved family and when he was able, traveled to wherever any event was held. He was always known to travel to a nephew's wedding, would stay for the reception and dance and then return home. Not a big deal? The wedding(s) would be in the Twin Cities which would mean leaving home at 6 a.m. returning at 4 a.m. the next day.

Many never knew of his marriage, most thought him to be a lifetime bachelor. He wore his wedding ring his entire life. He loved getting mail from nieces and nephews. He always would return letters to them. He was deeply saddened by the loss of his wife Mary, his brother Lawrence and his stepdaughter, Phylis. Alfred never worked a single Sunday.

Alfred enjoyed hunting, fishing, creative painting, Bingo and helping others in need.

Alfred will be missed deeply by all who really knew him.

Alfred was a lifetime resident of Hubbard County, charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post #212, Akeley VFW and Eagles Club.

Alfred is survived by his son-in-law, Jim Mathis; 21 nieces and nephews and their children; three grandchildren and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alvina (Forchle) Zinniel; stepmother, Margaret Hensel; wife, Mary (Potter) Zinniel; siblings, Albert, George, Mildred, Gerald, Clarence, Lawrence and James; stepdaughter, Phylis Mathis; stepbrothers and sisters, Joseph, Ben, Ladonna and Lucille.

Funeral service: was held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Father Tom Friedl was the officiate.

Interment: St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Park Rapids.

Honorary casket bearers: Alfred's great-nieces and nephews.

Active casket bearers: Alfred's nephews, John Zinniel, Bob Zinniel, Tom Zinniel, David Zinniel, Clete Zinniel and Steve Zinniel.

Military honors will be provided by Star of the North Marine Corps League. Taps will be provided by Ray Vaadeland.

The family prefers memorials given for a Mass, or to a veteran's organization of the donor's choice.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.ceasefuneralhome.com.

Alfred Zinniel, 89, of Park Rapids, died Friday, July 4, 2014 at CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids.

Alfred Zinniel was born March 28, 1925 to John and Alvina (Forchle) Zinniel in Park Rapids. He attended the area country school through the eighth grade.

On Aug. 5, 1967 he married Mary Ilene Potter/Schumacker at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Park Rapids. He worked in construction, logging, at the Legion Club and the feed store.

Although many people thought Alfred to be very quiet and reserved, he was really quite the opposite. Alfred enjoyed calling Bingo for many years at the Legion, Eagles Club and finally at the Akeley VFW. Alfred had a wonderful sense of humor which was known only to those who got close to him.

He loved family and when he was able, traveled to wherever any event was held. He was always known to travel to a nephew's wedding, would stay for the reception and dance and then return home. Not a big deal? The wedding(s) would be in the Twin Cities which would mean leaving home at 6 a.m. returning at 4 a.m. the next day.

Many never knew of his marriage, most thought him to be a lifetime bachelor. He wore his wedding ring his entire life. He loved getting mail from nieces and nephews. He always would return letters to them. He was deeply saddened by the loss of his wife Mary, his brother Lawrence and his stepdaughter, Phylis. Alfred never worked a single Sunday.

Alfred enjoyed hunting, fishing, creative painting, Bingo and helping others in need.

Alfred will be missed deeply by all who really knew him.

Alfred was a lifetime resident of Hubbard County, charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post #212, Akeley VFW and Eagles Club.

Alfred is survived by his son-in-law, Jim Mathis; 21 nieces and nephews and their children; three grandchildren and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alvina (Forchle) Zinniel; stepmother, Margaret Hensel; wife, Mary (Potter) Zinniel; siblings, Albert, George, Mildred, Gerald, Clarence, Lawrence and James; stepdaughter, Phylis Mathis; stepbrothers and sisters, Joseph, Ben, Ladonna and Lucille.

Funeral service: was held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Father Tom Friedl was the officiate.

Interment: St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Park Rapids.

Honorary casket bearers: Alfred's great-nieces and nephews.

Active casket bearers: Alfred's nephews, John Zinniel, Bob Zinniel, Tom Zinniel, David Zinniel, Clete Zinniel and Steve Zinniel.

Military honors will be provided by Star of the North Marine Corps League. Taps will be provided by Ray Vaadeland.

The family prefers memorials given for a Mass, or to a veteran's organization of the donor's choice.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.ceasefuneralhome.com.

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