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Celine Zabinski

November 25, 1927 — February 13, 2020


Celine Anna Zabinski, age 92 of Hibbing, MN, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020.  She was born in Albany, MN to Joseph and Katherine (Bueckers) Toenies on November 25, 1927.  Celine grew up in the Sauk Rapids area and when she was 18 years old she moved to St. Cloud, MN for a job with Woolworth.  There she met Marie (Zabinski) Skaja and began to rent a spare room from Marie’s family. Claude Zabinski came back from the Army at that point and fell in love with Celine whom he joined in marriage on August 28, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois.  Celine was an amazing homemaker, always cooking, cleaning, sewing and passing those skills off to her daughters.  She loved watching sports, including Minnesota Viking Football, high school hockey, golf and most importantly, the Olympics.  Spending time out on Twin Lakes or Kabetogama, she loved to be outdoors, fish and spend time with family. After Sunday mass, Celine would cook a delicious dinner, complete with dessert, Claude would take a nap, then the whole family took off for the lake not returning home until dark.

She is survived by her husband Claude; children Kathryn (John) Wrobel of Bovey, MN Roger (Maryann) Zabinski of St. Anthony, MN, Annette (Charles) Buenger of Chanhassen, MN, Claudia (Michael) Balk of Hastings, MN, John Zabinski of Roseville, MN, Joyce (Bill) Corwine of Owatonna, MN, Daniel (Andrea) Zabinski of Rockville, MD, Gail (Eric) Hjortness of Neenah, WI and Richard (Corinne) Zabinski of Bloomington, MN; seven siblings, Bernadette Fairchild of Sauk Centre, MN, Colette Toenies of Little Falls, MN, Donald (Virginia) Toenies of Sauk Centre, MN, Joanne (Bernard) Dieters of Osakis, MN, Ralph (Sharon) Toenies of Mora, MN, Harvey (Elizabeth) Toenies of Mora, MN, David (Shirley) Toenies of AZ, sister-in-law, Marie Skaja of Rockville, MN, brothers-in-law, Daniel Zabinski of St. Cloud, MN and Lawrence Zabinski of Paynesville, MN, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Donald Zabinski and four siblings.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.  The Reverend Father Joseph Zabinski will celebrate.  Interment will follow at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

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