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Melvin B. Ziebarth (Mel), 87, passed away at his home in Minneapolis on March 1, 2023. Mel was born on March 28, 1935, in the bedroom of a Winsted farmhouse. He was the second of three boys and at the tender age of 6, Mel worked on a farm looking after more than 30 cows and caring for four horses named Tom, Jerry, King and Queen. As a youngster, he worked setting pins in a bowling alley.

As a young man, he spent time with his buddies fishing and swimming at Lake Mary near Winsted. In 1954, he graduated from Holy Trinity High School, where he excelled in math and science.

Mel served in the U.S. Army 237th Combat Engineer Battalion in Germany during the Cold War. In the Army, Mel and his Company built a floating bridge across the Danube River in just two weeks. He later had a successful and enjoyable career as a machinist, retiring from General Mills after working in the Cheerios factory for many years.

Mel was a humble, kind, generous man who was beloved by many, many friends. He had numerous hobbies, including gardening, model trains, designing stained glass, and renovating his home.

He cherished his family and is preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Shovelin) Ziebarth of Glencoe, and leaves behind three children: Jane Ziebarth Overby, Darin Ziebarth (Kari), and Eric Ziebarth (Sehri) as well as four grandchildren, Sam, Gus, Riley, and Kiran. His family will be eternally grateful for the care he received by Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice.

There will be a graveside funeral at Holy Trinity Cemetery on Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m. A celebration of life will follow at Mill Reserve Park on Winsted Lake.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, assisted the family with funeral arrangements.


2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ruthie and Doug

    We are so sorry for your loss. The smile on Mel’s face in that picture is one that was seen so often. He loved life, loved his family, his grandchildren meant the world to him. His face lit up when he talked about them. He will be missed by so many. God bless him and all of you!

  2. Mary Booth

    Mel’s daughter Jane is my neighbor. Mel and Jane and I are early risers. So often I would see him arrive early in the morning. His mission was to help Jane renovate her home. Just having him nearby made us all feel like family and just feel more secure. He was a true gentle man and I do mean for that to be two words. He will be missed by us all.


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