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Phyllis Zirbel

June 4, 1928-Jan. 6, 2010

Phyllis M. Zirbel, 81, of Hamilton, Mont., passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at her home.

Phyllis Mae Berger was born to Joseph and Constance (Geniesse) Berger on June 4, 1928 in Wrightstown, Wis. She earned a bachelor's degree in primary education from the College of St. Katherine in St. Paul.

Phyllis married Gerald Wayne Zirbel on June 7, 1952. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church Craft Group and St. Francis Ladies. She served as president of Camp Fire Girls in Detroit Lakes and was a member of the Literary Book Club, and an avid bridge player.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Gerald and her parents. Surviving include her children, Mike Zirbel of Riverton, Wyo., Patricia (Carl) Busch of Rogers, Minn., Jennifer Zirbel (Andy Little) of Schenectady, N.Y., Sue Clarke (Larry Werth) of Eagan, Minn., Chuck (Debbie) Zirbel of Etoile, Texas, Fritz (Laure) Zirbel of Detroit Lakes, Louie (Eva) Zirbel of Post Falls, Idaho and Christopher Zirbel of Sacramento, Calif.; sister, Shirley (Bill) Saathoff of Peoria, Ill.; brothers, Joe Berger of Orange, Calif., and Andy (Karen) Berger of Caldwell, N.J.; 22 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today (Sunday) in St. Francis Catholic Church, Hamilton, Mont. The funeral mass is set for 11 a.m. Monday, January 11 at St. Francis with Father Jack Darragh as celebrant. A luncheon will follow at the St. Francis Pastoral Life Center.

Private family urn placement will take place at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Arrangements are being provided by Daly Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Condolences for the family may be left online at In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be sent to the Holy Rosary school foundation.