Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ethel Evelyn DeBlieck, 96, Zumbrota/Kasson

Ethel Evelyn DeBlieck, 96, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Dec. 10, 2015 at her home in Zumbrota.

Ethel Evelyn Edwards was born March 26, 1919 at home in Lyon County, Minnesota to John and Elizabeth (Evans) Edwards.  She grew up on the family farm and she attended country school.  She then attended Tracy High School.

On July 3, 1935, Ethel was united in marriage to William (Bill) DeBlieck at The Church of Saint Mary in Tracy, Minnesota.  Bill and Ethel were married for 65 years.  They made their home on three different farms through the years.

Bill and Ethel raised their nine children in Tracy, Minnesota, until moving to Byron in 1967, then moving to Kasson in 1999.  During their years in Byron, Bill and Ethel were active members at The Church of Christ The King.


Ethel was a member of The Church of the Holy Family in Kasson and was active in the quilting group there.  Ethel was most recently a member of The Church of Saint Paul in Zumbrota; currently residing at The Bridges of Zumbrota.

Ethel enjoyed making quilts for her family members and Catholic mission groups, embroidering, crafts, fishing and spending time with family; often gathering with them.  Ethel was also an avid bird watcher and loved to cook.

Ethel is survived by three sons, Dale (Judy) of Florence, Colorado, Duane (Brenda) of St. Peter, Minnesota and Don (Cindy) of Zumbrota; two daughters, Julie (Tom) Duncan of Lenoir City, Tennessee and Brenda (David) Wright also of Lenoir City; son-in-law, Wendell Trei of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Mary DeBlieck of Tracy, Minnesota, 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 16 great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill); her parents John and Elizabeth Edwards; three sons, Dennis, Dean and Marvin; her daughter, Eileen Trei; five brothers, William, Floyd, Mervin, Ervin, Harold; three sisters, Una, Viola and Jean; granddaughter Dianne Lindberg; grandson John Trei and great-grandson Jeremiah Trei.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 at the Church of The Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, with Rev. Paul Surprenant officiating.  Visitation took place at the church on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 from with a prayer service.  Visitation was also be held on the day of the funeral one hour prior to the Mass.  Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Tracy, Minnesota.

Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kasson, 507-634-2331, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be shared at

Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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