Walter Zimich

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Walter Zimich of the Newtown section of Hanover Twp. passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 7, 2018, at Celtic Hospice, following his courageous battle against cancer.

Born July 28, 1930, in the Buttonwood section of Hanover Twp., he was the son of the late Thomas and Anna Kostrowski Zimich.

He graduated from Hanover High School and served in the U.S. Army. At Hanover, he was the initial District 2 PIAA golf champion in 1948, winning that crown at the Fox Hill Country Club.

Walter was an outstanding golfer and played against many top-notch professional golfers in the Metropolitan Open that featured pros from the New York and New Jersey sections.

He bested Masters champ and PGA pro Art Wall Jr. and other pros in winning one of the Anthracite Opens, played at Irem Temple Country Club.

The Zimich brothers, Tom, Walter, Peter, John and Michael were all introduced to the game of golf, as caddies, at the Wyoming Valley Country Club.

Later in his career, Walter became a golf course superintendent, serving in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For several years, he was head golf course superintendent at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course. Even during his retirement, he worked part time at Blue Ridge Country Club.

He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

His beloved wife, Ellen, died in Dec. of 2016. Also preceding him in death were a sister, Helen; and brothers, Peter and Michael Zimich.

Surviving are brothers, Thomas (wife Rita); and John (wife Irene); numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, Logan, his golden retriever.

The family would like to thank caregivers, Debbie, Nancy, Gloria and Becky along with nurses and aides at Celtic Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospice and Wesley Village for their compassion and care for Walter during his illness.

Special thanks also to his loving neighbors, Mike, Katie and Hannah Pugh.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from Lehman Family Funeral Service, 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Bellarmine Parish (St. Al's), Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Friday.

For information, visit the funeral home's website at


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Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 9, 2018
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