William Zabel

April 02, 1927 - December 06, 2023

Visitation: Sunday, January 7th from 2-5PM, Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., Pgh, PA 15229

Service: Monday, January 8th at 10AM, St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090

William A. Zabel, 96, of McCandless passed away on Wednesday, December 6th. For the past 70 years he has been the beloved husband of Mary Ellen McLaughlin Zabel. He was the father of 4 daughters who adored him: Mary Beth (John) Morton of Canonsburg; Phyllis (Jim) Huber of McCandless; Luanne (John) Bartell of Waukesha, Wisconsin; and Ellen (Jim) Maug of Franklin Park. Bill was a tax assessor for Allegheny County until he retired in 1992. He was an active member of St. Alexis Church where he served as an usher for over 60 years. He enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles, Pittsburgh sports, and playing bridge. In addition to his wife and daughters, Bill leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Friends will be received on Sunday, January 7th from 2-5PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC. 806 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., A Mass of Christian Burial will be in St Alexis Church (St. Aidan Parish) 10090 Old Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15909 on Monday, January 8th at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hope Hospice or to St. Aidan’s Angel Tree Tuition fund.

Send Flowers    Shop Gifts    Print Obituary    Share Obituary

Guest Book Signatures

  • jocelyn fitzpatrick

    Dear Uncle Bill, I will miss you forever!!!! You are a beautiful soul.


  • Robert and Mary Petrie

    Our prayers are with all of you at this sad time! How beautiful his first Christmas in heaven must have been!

  • Michael A. Lang

    Always looked forward to interacting with Bill at the NBC Retired Men’s Club.

  • Kathleen (Porter) Carnicella

    Dear Zabel Family, I am Louise Porter Nene’s daughter, Kathleen, and I am very sorry for your loss. Our Mothers were roommates in nurses training at Mercy Hospital. Your Dad was at my home for a birthday party for my Mom and my children remember him fondly. He was the life of the party. Hoping good memories help you through this difficult time. Very sincerely, Kathleen Porter Carnicella

  • Marybeth Miller

    I have known Bill and Mary Ellen Zabel all of my life. Growing up on Olive Street and the Zabels’ on VanDike street, we were houses away. Bill was rarely without a golf club in his hand. My parents were bridge club comrades and great friends. Bill commuted to his job in downtown Pittsburgh with my grandmother. We all go way back. I send my best wishes and memories to the Zabel family. Bill Zabel is ingrained in my memory.

  • Rosemary Thoma

    I grew up with you girls and I still remember when your dad had bought a convertible and gave all of us a ride to get ice cream. I’ll miss looking down and seeing the light on upstairs. God bless you all at this time.

  • Elizabeth Remlinger

    My family and I are former neighbors on Van Dyke. We heard of his passing at mass this morning. Bill doted over his wife, raved about his daughters and bragged about his grandkids. He knew all of the neighborhood stew and kept his lawn beautiful. He was so gentle with our baby boy and pup, often inviting us up to sit on their patio and catch up for a while. In those moments, he taught us so much about our property and the neighborhood we called home. He was always sure to stop and give a wave at the mailbox. We’ll forever have such fond memories of him. A amazing neighbor in our first family home. Prayers for your family and Mary Ellen.

  • Debra Sparks

    My deepest condolences. I liked your Dad a lot, great man. I will miss him ❤️ 🙏 Debra Sparks (Adzema)

  • Mary Theresa Wisse

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful guy and good friend to my parents. He is surely playing bridge in heaven with the rest of the gang! God Bless you all

  • Rosanne Cully

    Dear Zabel Family: Mr. Zabel was the best neighbor anyone could have…my husband Mike loved talking to both of your parents. What a kind and gentle soul….I will miss seeing the upstairs lights on as I would let our dog out at night. It was always a comforting sign for me. My deepest sympathy goes out to your Mom and each of you. May the memories you have in your heart help you through this difficult time. God Bless….Rosanne Cully


Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Start typing and press Enter to search


Get the latest updates from Devlin Funeral Home:

Gordon L. RiesMichael Lance Pascuzzi