Phyllis Zibrowski

ZibrowskiPhyllis_webPhyllis Clara Zibrowski, 84, of rural Hokah, Minn., passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

She was born in La Crosse on March 26, 1929, to Aaron H. and Clara (Boehm) Zumach.  She married Harold W. Zibrowski on May 27, 1948, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Caledonia.

Early in her life, Phyllis worked for a short time at Rush Products in Rushford, Minn.  She later packed apples at Old Hickory Orchards, a job she truly enjoyed. She also raised rabbits as a hobby which she would show at various fairs around the area. Most of Phyllis’ time, however, was devoted to caring for her family and raising her nine children. There was always an open spot on her lap for her grandchildren. She was a wonderful homemaker who loved to bake and tend to her flower and vegetable gardens.

Phyllis is survived by Harold, her husband of 65 years; her children, Clara (Jeff) Post, Houston, Minn.; Lucille (Norman) Lemke, Caledonia, Minn.; James (Jeanne) Zibrowski, La Crescent, Minn.; Edie (Clark) Bean, Crofton, Md.; Joseph (Penny) Zibrowski, Leesburg, Va.; Paul (Kathy) Zibrowski, Champlin, Minn.; Andrew (Mandy) Zibrowski, Cook, Minn.; Beth (James) Schueler, Peterson, Minn.; and Peter (Sue) Zibrowski,  Soldier’s Grove, Wis.; 31 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She is further survived by a sister, Cecelia Horn, La Crescent; a brother, Gregory (Carol) Zumach,  La Crescent; and nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; a great-grandson, Dawson Skifton; a sister, Elaine Holliday; and a brother, Carl Fuller.

Phyllis will be remembered for her love of family and her positive outlook on life especially during times of distress. She will be forever missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hokah.  Rev. Pratap Reddy Salibindla and Rev. Paul J. Breza will officiate. Burial will take place in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Hokah at a later date. Family and friends may call at the church on Monday from 4 until 8 p.m., where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., and again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Church.  Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crescent is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be submitted at