The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 23, 2013

Margaret Crouch Zirbel

The Funeral for  Margaret Crouch Zirbel, 87, of Athens, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sardis Springs Baptist Church with Brother Tim Keenum and Brother Keith Crouch officiating. Eulogy will be by Anthony Zirbel.

Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m.  today at McConnell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Zirbel passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at Athens Limestone Hospital.

Mrs. Zirbel was born October 7, 1925, in Athens to Frank William Crouch and Enola Hargrove Crouch.

She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was a teacher’s aide at Johnson Elementary, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher at Sardis Springs Baptist Church. She was a member of Athens Garden Club and a member of Sardis Springs Baptist Church for 64 years. Her hobbies were quilting, crocheting, camping, gardening, playing cards with dear friends and family, and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Frank Crouch, Jr. and Clifton H. Crouch.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Edward Zirbel of 68 years of Athens; sons, Clifton Edward Zirbel of Athens, Thomas Larry Zirbel and wife Merian of Athens, Frederick Dale Zirbel and wife Kay of Huntsville, John Mark Zirbel and wife Sharon of Athens; sisters, Anne C. Turner, Betty C. Gamble, Faye C. Lee, Judy C. Crow and husband Wayne; and sister-in-law Eunice Crouch; 6 grandchildren, Chris Zirbel and wife Michelle, Zane Zirbel, Amy Zirbel Dison and husband Jonathon, Lindsey Zirbel McConnell and husband Danny, Shana Zirbel Smith and husband Crutcher, John Zirbel, Jr. and wife Ericka; 10 great-grandchildren, Cole, Cooper, and Audrey Zirbel, Julie Dison, Andrew and Alexander McConnell, Sullivan and Trip Smith, Emily Frances and Maggie Zirbel; 3 step-grandchildren, Seth Johnson and wife Jill, Michael Johnson and wife Kelli, Jami Peyton and husband Mike; 6 step-great grandchildren, Andrew Dickson, Maggi Peyton, Nate Johnson, Anna, Ava and Will Johnson; several nieces and nephews and a host of special friends.

Pallbearers will be Chris Zirbel, Zane Zirbel, John Zirbel, Jr., Jonathon Dison, Danny McConnell and Crutcher Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sardis Springs Baptist Church Van Fund or a favorite      charity.

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