The Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. facilities are among the finest and most comfortable in the greater Tamaqua area and throughout Schuylkill County and Panther Valley.
- Our funeral homes are handicapped accessible through the main entrance to the funeral home, have central air, and sound systems.
- Our funeral homes are fully compliant with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and all the regulations set forth by the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors.
- For your safety and ours, we take part in an OSHA inspection program offered through the Indiana University of Pennsylvania whereby our funeral homes are voluntarily subjected to safety inspections.
- In an effort to be environmentally responsible, our funeral homes have always recycled aluminum, glass, plastic, cardboard, newspapers, catalogs, and linens. Whenever possible, we use Simply Green®, a biodegradable and environmentally friendly detergent.
We are frequently asked about the history of the Tamaqua facility in particular. Generally regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the Tamaqua area, the structure that now serves as the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home was built in the 1920’s as the residence of the late Cornelius “Cutter” and Anna (Chester) McGeehan (previously of Coaldale). The exterior of the building was likely influenced by the neo-classical styles brought into trend at the 1893 Chicago World Fair. The amenities were years ahead of its time, boasting steel electrical conduit and a central vacuum system. The décor of the interior features stone work by Italian masons with accents of oak and marble including a wooden staircase, stained glass windows, servant’s quarters, and numerous fireplaces. In years past, the top floor was used for dance parties with live music; McGeehan family lore has it that Mr. McGeehan was instrumental in funding the early days of the Dorsey Brother’s Swing Band. In their gratitude, the Dorsey’s made occasional appearances at the McGeehan’s home.
Upon returning from World War II, the building was purchased in 1947 by Conrad Bischoff Zizelmann who used it as both a residence and a funeral home. Likewise, his son Jon both raised a family and ran a business there which, of course, continues to this day.
Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
500 East Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252
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