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Skook News Obituaries: May 23rd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 23rd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Ronald C. Zimmerman, 86, of Lewistown Valley, PA died on Friday, May 21, 2021 at home after a short 11-day illness. He was the husband of Peggy E. (Killian) Zimmerman to whom he was married 62 years. 

Born in Lewistown Valley, on January 16, 1935, Ron was the fourth son of the late Walter R. and Emma E. (Leiby) Zimmerman. A 1953 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he served in the PA National Guard for 8 years from 1952 to 1960. Ron worked at Leiby’s Dairy in the milk bottling plant and milk truck delivery. When he and his brothers, Floyd and Kenneth, bought the business from their father, they converted it to making ice cream and sold the milk business to Guers Dairy. In 1964, the brothers built and opened Leiby’s Ice Cream House & Restaurant in South Tamaqua which Floyd managed while Ron and Ken continued making ice cream for the next 40 years. Ron and Ken also helped at the restaurant on weekends, with Ron doing duty as a short-order cook. In addition to their ice cream, Leiby’s was well known for their homemade pies. 

Ron later opened ZimBal’s, a men’s clothing store in the Hazleton Laurel Mall, along with business partner Warren Balliet. Ron was a member of Faith UCC, Landingville; a life member of New England Fire Company, NRA, and Ducks Unlimited; and a 60-year member of the Little Schuylkill Lions Club where he was presented with the prestigious Melvin Jones Award. Ron and Peggy were volunteers for the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. An avid hunter and fisherman, he traveled to Colorado, Arkansas, British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba, bringing home his hunting trophies of elk, mountain goat, bear, caribou, snow geese, mallard ducks, and many deer antlers including his most recent 8-point buck in 2020. A true football fan who would watch games on TV twelve months a year, Ron’s favorite teams included Penn State, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs. 

In addition to his wife Peggy, Ron is survived by son, Wayne A. Zimmerman and his wife Vicky of Winchester, VA; grandchildren, Heather Frost and her husband Jeff, Haley Zimmerman and her husband Logan, Heath Zimmerman and his wife Della, and Heidi Sales and her husband Chris, all of VA; 9 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by an infant sister; brothers, Floyd, Kenneth, and Robert; and 2 infant sons. 

Services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with Pastor James Fidler officiating. As per Ron's request, there will be no public viewing; calling time will be from Noon - 1 PM on Saturday at the funeral home. 

Interment in Zion Cemetery, Lewistown Valley, PA will follow services. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ron’s name may be made to Faith UCC, 8 Church Street, Landingville, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. At Peggy's request, please wear a mask. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Mr. Alfred L. "Al" Skelson, age 88, of Barnesville, died May 16, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. 

Born in the Bronx NY he was the son of the late Lawrence & Mildred (Hindley) Skelson. He was a 1950 graduate of Morris High School in the Bronx and was an Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He had worked for and retired from the former Atlas Powder Company and was a member of the Ryan Township Fire Company. He was a avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years the former Patricia Kringe. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service to be held Friday morning at 11 AM at the White Church Cemetery in Rush Township. The Rev. Robert Adams will officiate. 

David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit for more information.


Eleanor Rooney
, age 96, formerly of Mahanoy City, died May 15, 2021 at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville. 

Born in Shenandoah she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Ushella) Mazeikas. She was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School and attended beauty school. She had been employed in the local garment factories, Alcoa, worked as a waitress at the former Longo's Restaurant and also worked as a beautician. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calutta Church in Mahanoy City. 

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband John in 1991, 2 sisters Evelyn Mazeikas and Violet Sengler and a brother Walter Mazaikas. 

She is survived by a daughter Mary Evetushick and her husband John of Tamaqua with whom she resided and a son James Rooney and his wife Melissa of Homer NY, 3 grandchildren John and Timmy Rooney and Grace Ganley and a great granddaughter Eleanor Grace Rooney and a niece Carol Phelm. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher on Thursday morning at 11 AM from St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. Interment will follow in St. Fidelis Cemetery in Mahanoy Township. Friends may call at the church on Thursday morning beginning at 9:30 AM. 

David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit for more information.


Mary J. Zucofski
, age 98, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East in Pottsville.

Born in Mahanoy Plane, PA on August 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Michalina (Kulbaba) Homka.

Mary was a graduate of Gilberton High School, Class of 1940. She first worked for Link Radio Corporation in New York City during WWII and then as a sewing machine operator at Charles Rabin Factory in Frackville and then at Clair Fashions in St. Clair and Minersville until retiring.

She was a member of the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Maizeville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Louis H. Zucofski on November 12, 1994, and four brothers, Michael, Peter, John, and twin Stephen Homka.

Mary is survived by two sons: Michael Zucofski and his wife Joann, Gaithersburg, MD and Joseph Zucofski, Port Carbon; two grandchildren: Alexander and Julia Zucofski, both of Gaithersburg, MD; two brothers: John Homka and his wife Leona, Frackville and William Homka and his wife Maureen, Vermilion, OH; a sister Helen Dunsavage and her husband Vincent, Barnesville; sister-in-law Adelinde Homka, Stroudsburg, PA; nieces; nephews; and cousins in Ukraine.

Devine Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday May 27th at 10AM at the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Maizeville at 10AM, with Rev. Petro Zvarych officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6-8PM with a Parastas service beginning at 7PM and Thursday morning from 8-9AM at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Interment will be held in the Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery in Schuylkill Haven.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements. Please send condolences to