History

Zabka Funeral Home is a family-owned funeral home with deep roots in the community. The firm has provided continuous service to Seward and area communities for over 130 years. Zabka Funeral Home is a continuation of the firm established in 1874 by John Kribbeler.

In 1890, Mr. W. H. Moore purchased the Furniture and Undertaking business, which he owned until 1913 when he sold the firm to Mr. Albert Chain. Mr. Chain assumed ownership on May 14, 1913, stepping off the train to witness a tornado that slashed through Seward. Mr. Fay Wood became a partner with Mr. Chain in 1916, with the firmís name changing to Chain and Wood. Mr. Wilber Wood joined the firm in 1918 and became Fayís partner in the 1940ís when Mr. Chain died.

The firmís name was then changed to Wood Brothers Chapel and Mortuary. Wilberís son, John C. Wood joined the firm in 1955 and was active in the business until the firm was purchased in August of 1998 by Greg and Dixie Zabka and became Wood-Zabka Funeral Home. Greg has been in funeral service since 1972, joining Wood Brothers as a funeral director in 1977.  In April of 2008, the firm's name was changed to Zabka Funeral Home.

It is our desire to conduct service to families in a thoughtful, compassionate and professional manner and to maintain the tradition of private, family-owned funeral service.

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Mr. A. B. Chain
Mr. A. B. Chain

Mr. Fay Wood
Mr. Fay Wood

Mr. Wilber Wood
Mr. Wilber Wood

Otto Schroeder on funeral carriage in a 1939 parade.



Newspaper ad from the original owner of the funeral home.



Mr. A.B. Chain




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