Fred Zbacnik, 79, of Hibbing, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Heritage Manor in Chisholm. He was born on June 16, 1931, in Gheen to Fred and Mary Zbacnik.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served his country during the Korean War. He married Grace Montelioni on Aug. 17, 1951. Fred was employed by National Steel for 37 years. After retirement, they enjoyed wintering in Phoenix, Ariz.
Fred had many interests including being a talented woodworker, gardening, berry picking, fishing, and he enjoyed watching the Friday night fights. He also loved when his family and friends came to visit.
Fred’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Fairview Range University Medical Center-Mesabi, Heritage Manor and East Range Hospice for the wonderful care provided.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Grace; sons, Fred (Deb) of Waseca, Minn., Craig (Pam) of Lauderdale, Minn., Gary of Glendale, Ariz., Bryan (Shelley) of Hibbing, Patrick (Michaelle) of Peoria, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia (Johnny) Miller of Kelly Lake; his brother, Richard (Tootsie) of Nashwauk; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Frances Champa.
Funeral: The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The Rev. Ryan Moravitz will officiate.
Visitation: Will be for an hour prior to the Mass Friday at the church.
Burial: Interment, with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 8510, will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing.
Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.