COAL TOWNSHIP — Joseph J. "Doder" Zalar, 79, of 1553 W. Fern St., passed away peacefully Friday morning, May 2, 2008, at Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

He was born March 14, 1929, on the 1100-block of Mulberry Street in Coal Township, a son of the late John and Mary (Dobrich) Zalar. On April 19, 1952, he married the former Patricia Jeremiah, who preceded him in death in 2005 after 53 years of matrimony.

Mr. Zalar worked as a coal miner for many years and retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he worked as a state building inspector.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and friends and spending time with his family.

Doder was twice elected a Coal Township commissioner. He was a founding member of the Fairview Gun Club, Coal Township, and served as a trustee for numerous years. He wanted his fellow officers and members of the Fairview Gun Club to continue to take care of the club so it can prosper for many years to come.

Surviving are six children, Wanda and Ronald Stankiewicz, of Allentown, Joseph and Gale Zalar, of Coal Township, Philip and Lisa Zalar, of Coal Township, Virginia and David Munson, of Coal Township, Frank and Linda Zalar, of Shamokin, and Marie Zalar-Stanton, of Coal Township; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; four sisters, Anna Milbrand, formerly of Shamokin, Virginia Checci, of Overlook, Maria Kosmer, of Coal Township, and Barbara Fisher, of Shamokin; and a brother, Louis Zalar, of New York.

He was preceded in death by a son, George Zalar, and four brothers, George, John, Philip and Frank Zalar.

Visitors may call from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township, followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, State Street, Coal Township.

The family will provide flowers and requests memorial contributions in Doder's name be made to the Fairview Gun Club Wildlife Fund, 3001 W. State St., Coal Township, PA 17866.

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