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Thomas A. Ziegenfus

Thomas A. Ziegenfus, 84, of Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Avenue, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2011 with his wife by his side, at Fallcrest, Garden Spot Village.

Born in Palmerton, PA, he was the son of the late Alexander I. and Helen (Stroup) Ziegenfus. He married his childhood sweetheart, Gladys M. (Heiney) Ziegenfus on November 20, 1948, recently celebrating 63 years of marriage.

A 1946 graduate of Palmerton High School , he was employed by the Palmerton Telephone Company and retired in 1992 after 35 years of employment as a supervisor. He was also skilled as an electrician, plumber, and handyman. He was an avid hunter and Phillies fan, attending many games around the country, including World Series games in 1980, 1982 and 1993, the All Star game in 1996, and the opening of Citizen’s Bank Park in 2004 along with many spring training games in Clearwater, FL. He was active in his church, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Towamensing in Palmerton, PA serving many terms as a church councilman and was instrumental in the building of the Christian Education Building of the church.

In addition to his wife, Gladys, he is survived by his daughter, Jane L. Ziegenfus-Martin and son-in-law, Gary C. Martin, of Lancaster. He is also survived by two brothers, Earl H.Ziegenfus, husband of Marguerite, of Aquashicola, PA, and Ammon F., husband of Elizabeth, of Bernville, PA.; 3 sisters-in-law JoAnn (Beers) Ziegenfus, of Richmond, VA, Murray (Winney) Ziegenfuss, of Speedwell, VA, Faye (Heiney) Heffelfinger, of Palmerton, PA; 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clark, George L., and Martin L. Ziegenfus.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 10:30AM from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Towamensing, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton, PA 18071. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions can be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Towamensing, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton, PA 18071 or Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA 17557. To send the family online condolences please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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Doug and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you in this time of mourning for the passing of Thomas.  I understand the depth of your loss and am glad that you were there with him at the end of his life here on earth.  He can now rest peacefully and comfortably with his brothers in the life hereafter.  We will see you on the 10th and wish it were under different circumstances. 
Love,
Susan (Ziegenfus) and Doug Benton

Dear Gladys, Jane and Gary
We were so sorry to hear about Tom. It is a very sad time for you but I know he will live forever in your hearts.
Love to you all
Robyn & Pete Haja

Dear Gladys, Jane and Gary

Our sympathy goes out to you at this time of your loss.  I will forever be thankful for having known Tom and been able to experience his class, character and humor.
Gregg

Dear Gladys & Jane,

We are so very sorry to have heard about your loss. The mention of Tommy brings back memories when I as a young boy saw he and brother Earl play baseball at the Delaware Avenue Field, one the pitcher and the other the catcher, and talk back to one another in Pennsylvania Dutch. I’m so glad I have those memories.

Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. "Take care" and "God" Bless.
"Art" & Mary Ellen George

Jane & Gary –
We send our Sympathy & thoughts for you and your family. We always enjoyed spending time with your parents while they visited you on Pastry Lane.
George & Becki Ebersole

Dear Gladys, Jane and Gary
We were sad to hear about Tom’s passing. Howard and I enjoyed his wry humor and common sense approach to life. We extend heartfelt condolences on your loss.
Howard and June

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