Emil Zubal, 89, of Carmichaels, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in his daughter Sharon's home in Morgantown, W.Va.
He was born February 16, 1925, in Thompson No. 2, Fayette County, a son of the late George Leslie and Anna Elizabeth Hudock Zubal.
Mr. Zubal was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a 69-year member of the Carmichaels and Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Company.
Volunteerism was very important to him, as he served on the fire company's bingo committee for over 30 years.
He was a member of Greene County Firemen's Association, Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association and its Past Presidents and Old Timers and Southwestern Pennsylvania Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs Association.
Mr. Zubal was a member and served as an usher at St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels, was a fourth-degree member of John F. Kennedy Memorial Council 3569 of Knights of Columbus and a member of Holy Name Society. He was also a member of Cumberland American Legion Post 400, Carmichaels, Faith Gray McArdle Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4584, Masontown, and United Mine Workers of America Nemacolin Local 6290.
He worked at Nemacolin Mine as a certified welder, until his retirement in 1985, and resided in Carmichaels most of his life.
Mr. Zubal enjoyed gardening and was an avid sports fan. He played baseball in his youth and during his time in the Army.
He and his wife, Agnes Susan Salopek Zubal, who passed away May 15, 2006, liked to travel and visit with their children.
Surviving are two children, Sharon Ann Puskar and her husband Gregory, with whom he made his home in Morgantown, and John Emil Zubal of Jonesboro, Ga.; three sisters, Madeline Zubal Morelli, Rita Zubal Holmes and husband James and Loretta Zubal Yorko, all of Carmichaels; and a sister-in-law, Judy Zubal of Latrobe.
Deceased are a brother, George M. Zubal; a sister, Dolores Zubal Allison; and a nephew, Ronnie Morelli.
Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John M. Bauer as celebrant. There will be no viewing or service at the funeral home Saturday. Carmichaels Honor Guard and the U.S. Army will accord military honors immediately after the funeral Mass at the church. Private interment will take place in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. A parish vigil service will take place at 6 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed at 7 p.m. by a memorial service by the Carmichaels and Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Company.
For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com
Published by Observer-Reporter from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2014.