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Barbara Zapp

Sept. 7, 1943-July 30, 2009

Barbara J. Zapp, 65, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 30, 2009 at her home in Detroit Lakes.

Barbara Joan Blacknik was born to Clayton and Violet (Mercer) Blacknik on Sept. 7, 1943 in Detroit Lakes. She was a 1961 graduate of Monroe (Wisconsin) High School.

Barbara married Edward Zapp in 1965 in Detroit Lakes. During her working life, she was the business manager for Lake Region Clinic in Detroit Lakes and, after the merger of Lake Region Clinic and the Detroit Lakes Clinic, was the assistant business manager for the new Dakota Clinic for 10 years.

Barbara moved to St. Cloud, where she was the business manager for the St. Cloud Women's and Children's Clinic for 10 years and then for McMann Hartman. In 2000, she returned to Detroit Lakes, where she spent many hours volunteering for her beloved Congregational Church, helping with the bookkeeping, newsletter, serving for fundraisers and funerals. She was also very involved with ZONTA, an international women's organization and the Eagles in Detroit Lakes and St. Cloud.

Barb is survived by her mother, Vi Christensen of Detroit Lakes; a son, Edward Benjamin (Stephanie) Zapp of Baraboo, Wis.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; her stepmother, Kathy Blacknik of Detroit Lakes; stepbrothers, Mark Blacknik of Detroit Lakes, Max (Annie) Blacknik of Grand Forks, N.D., Ron Christensen of E. St. Louis, Ill., and Allen (Bonnie) Christensen of Minneapolis; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding Barbara in death were her dad, Clayton Blacknik; stepfather, Kenneth Christensen; an infant sister, Bonnie Blacknik; a stepsister, Joan Niemann; and a grandson, Zachary Zapp.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.

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