Michael John Zempel - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

November 7, 1935 - November 12, 2020

Michael John Zempel

Age 85, of Richfield, formerly of Duluth. Mike died peacefully at home after battling cancer. He loved his family and Catholic faith. Survived by wife, Janice Zempel; children, Patricia (Tom) Gries, Stephanie (Scott) Stelman and David (Viktoria) Zempel; grandchildren, Joe (Krista) Stelman, Hannah Stelman, Anna Gries, Veronica Zempel and Maria Zempel; sisters, Mary Hall, Kathleen Newsted and Patricia Zempel; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by infant children, John Michael Zempel and Maureen Ellen Zempel; parents, Wallace & Lillian Zempel; brothers, David Zempel, Joseph Zempel and Thomas Zempel.

Memorials preferred to St. Richard’s Catholic Church.


  1. Patricia L Zempel says:

    I know my brother, Michael fought a tough battle with cancer. I always admired him and looked up to him. I never heard him complain once. He liked to tell the story about graduating from high school and me being born a week later. His sense of humor will live on with our family and friends. I miss you big brother but you will always be in my heart.

  2. Jeanne Lathrop says:

    Sending Thoughts and Prayers to you ! Jeanne Lathrop

  3. Jay & Mary Hermann says:

    Our sincere sympathy to your family. We have fond memories of Richfield Youth Baseball and Hockey with our boys. May his memory be a blessing.

  4. Aileen Ryan says:

    To Dave, Viktoria and Family

    Our deepest condolences to Dave, Viktoria and all the Zempel family

    Thinking of you at this very difficult time
    Aileen, John, Colin & Suelen Ryan (Thermoking)

  5. Barb Lundberg says:

    Mike always had a friendly smile on his face and was always very approachable in school, everyone in Lake Mike! I think we only had 78 in our class, I look ed forward to our reunions, it was almost like family coming home. My prayers are with all of you during this very sad time! Barb Lundberg

  6. Nona Hovey says:

    To Trish and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a fighter to the end. You cared for him with such love. Thinking of you all.
    With love, Nona Hovey and family

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