January 01, 1970


Mary Ellen McLaughlin Zabel passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 just five days shy of her 95th birthday. She was married for 70 years to William Zabel who preceded her in death by 3 months. Mary Ellen was a nurse who was active in her church as an usher, festival volunteer, cafeteria lady, and Marian Guild member. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf along with bridge. She is the beloved mother of four daughters: Mary Beth (John) Morton, Phyllis (Jim) Huber, Luanne (John) Bartell, and Ellen (Jim) Maug. They also had nine grandchildren: Jennifer (Bill) Gehrlein, Amy (Dan) Long, Molly (Dave) Clark, Erin (Barnett) Morton, Katie (Chris) Matras, Emily (Kevin) Dyer, Ally (Derek) Rusbarsky, Meagan (Tyler) Haug, and Ryan O’Malley. There are also 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 10 from 2:00-4:00PM at Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 11 at St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boys and Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, 1000 Gamma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Hope Hospice, 3356 Babcock, Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

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  • Scott Hutchison

    I am sure your mother and father are very proud of you Ellen, Jim and family. You are in our prayers.

  • Lynn and Andrew Koven

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. Sending our love and heartfelt condolences, Lynn and Andrew Koven

  • Fred Bartnicki

    May you have peace knowing your mom is at peace and is together with your dad – she surely was a beautiful woman

  • Ann Gehrlein

    One of the most beautiful ladies I have ever met. She had such a love of family and welcomed us in when our son married Jennifer. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

  • Robert Miller

    My Parents (Tom and Rosemary Miller) were such Great Friends with Mary Ellen and Bill going back 68 years. The Friendship that my Parents had with the Zabels was so very Special. I spent the entire day with Bill last year when I was in Pgh for Rose Lenihans Memorial Mass. I mentioned to Bill that my Parents would often say how Blessed they felt to have had the Zabels in their life. Mary Ellen was such a Wonderful person and I Loved her Outgoing Personality. She was so unique in her own way. My Wife and I enjoyed spending time with her and Bill at their home in Ingomar North three years ago. I am saddened to learn of Mary Ellen’s passing but I cherish the Wonderful memories going all the way back to my Childhood in Pgh. To the Entire Family of Mary Ellen, my Wife Annaleigh and I send our Heartfelt Condolences to all of you. May Mary Ellen Rest in Peace.

  • Julie McLaughlin

    Not only was she the most wonderful aunt to Mike, she was one of the nicest ladies! We enjoyed special times with her smiling face. I also remember her coming into the law firm as a nurse because my boss was a patient. We are so sorry to miss the services as we are on vacation out of town. Rest easy Aunt Mary Ellen! We will miss your laugh and smile!

 

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