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Barb Zabilka

April 16, 1937 — October 25, 2023

Cambridge

Barbara Olson Zabilka passed away on October 25,2023, in Cambridge, at the age of 86.

Barbara Jeanne Dahl was born April 16, 1937, to Christian and Gudrun (Bolme) Dahl in Duluth, Minnesota.

She enjoyed camping trips with her first husband, Ed Olson, and their son Rick, which often included friends, the Marnich family, as well as the Pine City Camping Crew.

Barb ended her extensive working career as a government employee with the Farmers Home Administration when she retired in 1996. She had an active retirement where she enjoyed taking trips with her second husband, Ron Zabilka. This included trips to Europe and annual trips to Florida and later Hawaii, staying with her step-daughter and husband during the Minnesota winters. Her favorite pastime was cheering on her grandson at the UT Martin Football games.

Barb is survived by her son, Rick (Cindy) Olson of TN; her step-daughters Pat (Dave) Fowler of WA, Linda Jackson of Zimmerman, Pam (JoAnn Hoffman) Zabilka of CA, Laura Zabilka of Bemidji, Paula (Dave) Frisk of Minnetonka; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Roy (JoAnn) Dahl of IL; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Christian and Gudrun Dahl; husbands Ed Olson and Ron Zabilka; stepson-in-law Terry Jackson.

In ieu of flowers, the family supports a donation to St David’s Center for Child and Family Development, 3395 Plymouth Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305, in Barb’s name. www.stdavidscenter.org/donate

Special thanks to St. Croix Hospice.

Funeral services are planned for 11:00 AM, Friday, June 7, 2024, at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel www.FuneralAndCremationService.com 

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Friday, June 7, 2024

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Friday, June 7, 2024

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Swanson Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service

665 3rd Ave SW, Pine City, MN 55063

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