Obituaries
Joan Steadle Zimmerman
Michael J. Rickey

White Haven Resident

Joan Steadle Zimmerman, 65, White Haven, died Thursday, August 15, 2013 at home with her beloved husband by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of Helen Mary Kratz Smith and the late Clement John Smith Sr. She was formerly employed by Muskin Pools. Joan was well-known for her crocheting and crafts.

Surviving, besides her mother, are her husband, Robert S. Zimmerman; brothers, Clement Jr., of Swoyersville, Daniel, of Ashley, James, of Shavertown, and Robert and wife Molly, Mountain Top; sisters, Helen and husband, Robert Stitzer, Forty Fort, Frances Rosencrans, Trucksville, Mary Temerantz, Ormond Beach, Fla., and Diane and husband, Jeffrey Yaglowski, Elizabeth City, N. C.; godson, Michael Rosencrans, Clifton, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, Plains Township, in memory of Joan and Hopper.

Former Resident

Michael J. Rickey, 64, Nanticoke, died August 12, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was a patient for the past nine days.

Born on March 31, 1949, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Michael and Louise Kenski Rickey. He attended St. Jude Parochial School, Mountain Top, and graduated from Crestwood High School, class of 1967.

Mr. Rickey was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U. S. Army from 1967 to 1970. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with two campaign credits and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 devices, among others. He also served in Korea and was honorably discharged with the rank of specialist 4.

He had been employed at CertainTeed, Mountain Top, for 30 years, retiring in 2010.

He was a member of Sweet Valley Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, the former Vanessa Kauffman, with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage on Sept. 24, 2013; son Christopher Rickey, Minnesota; daughter, Candice Miller, Bardstown, Ky.; son Calvin Rickey, Nanticoke; grandchildren, Megan, Madison and Adam; sister, Marcia Kafrissen, Wilkes-Barre; maternal aunt, Sophie Faison, Wilkes-Barre; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11 a. m. Aug. 24 at Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley, with Pastor Joel Stauffer officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the U. S. Army. Friends may call 10 a. m. until time of service.

Contributions in Michael’s memory be made to Sweet Valley Church of Christ; or to the SPCA, 524 E. Main St., Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.