Born: 1879

Died: February 20, 1960

Married: Louis H. Zerbe

Children: Harry Zerbe?, Helen Zerbe, Frieda Zerbe, Hilbert Zerbe

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 22, 1960


Magdalena Zerbe died suddenly Saturday morning at her home, 60 Petrova Avenue, Saranac Lake. She was the widow of Louis Zerbe who died July 1964 [sic, actually July, 1954]. She had been a resident of Saranac Lake for 37 years. Mrs. Zerbe is survived by one son, L. Hilbert Zerbe and a daughter Mrs. Helen Zerbe, both of Saranac Lake, and another daughter Mrs. Freda Zerbe of New York City.

She is also survived by one granddaughter, Josephine; and two sisters, Mrs. Freda Dietz and Mrs. Katherine Roesling of Kew Gardens, N.Y.; a niece Mrs. Joana Trombley also of Kew Gardens; and a niece of Saranac Lake, Mrs. Edith Moon. Mrs. Zerbe was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Whiteface Mountain Chapter; and a member of the Order of the Amaranth.

The body is at the Fortune Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. The services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Reverend J. Reginald Butt officiating. Burial will be at Pine Ridge Cemetery. The family has requested that donations be sent to the Heart Fund in lieu of flowers.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 13, 2006

From a Howard Riley column that apparently quotes unnamed, undated news clippings

Sister, brother Meet in New Giunea

"Two years after they parted in Saranac Lake for service with the Armed Forces, Lieut. Frieda Zerbe and Sgt Harry Zerbe, [...] brother and sister from this village, met at an advanced base, somewhere in New Guinea.

"In a letter to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zerbe, of 60 Petrova Avenue, Sgt. Zerbe wrote that he had located his sister and with a few days furlough traveled to her base, where they spent a many hours together."

Lt. Zerbe was a nurse; Sgt. Zerbe, World War I veteran, was with the Army Signal Corps. A third member of the family, Staff Sgt. Hilbert Zerbe, was serving as a laboratory technician with the Army Medical Corps, at Wheeler, Macon, Ga.