Sheldon L. Shafer, 84, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Hazleton, PA. He was the husband of Mary (nee Newton) Shafer. Born in Mahanoy City, PA on December 22, 1932, Sheldon was a son of the late Edward L. and Martha (nee Mowery) Shafer. A 1950 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he was a postman who retired after 31 years of service with the United States Postal Service. Sheldon served in the Army in Munich, Germany during the Korean War. A faithful member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, he sang in the church choir for many years. Sheldon was a member of the former Coaldale Victory Band and a longtime member of the Cressona Band for which he was an ardent recruiter of new members. He also was a supporter of and a volunteer for the Tamaqua Raider High School Band. Sheldon was a member of the East End Fire Company, Tamaqua; the Hometown Fire Company; the Tamaqua Fire Police Association for which he was a former officer; and the Tamaqua Crime Watch for which he was past president. Sheldon was named Tamaqua Citizen of the Year in 1994 and was a tireless volunteer for the East End Playground in Tamaqua. In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by his brother Lee and his wife, Jackie of New Ringgold, PA; nephew Ben Shafer and his wife, Lisa of Hometown, PA; niece Rachel Shafer Brimmer and her husband, Michael of Hometown, PA; and great nephews, Samuel Titus Shafer, David Michael Brimmer, and Isaac James Brimmer. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Sheldon’s name may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 North Greenwood Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 or Cressona Band, 1702 West Norwegian Street, Pottsville, PA 17901. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252.
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