Thomas E. “Tom” Zubal Sr. passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on AprilL 28, 2015 at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice Center, following a brief stay at Parkview Medical Center, in Pueblo, CO.
Tom was born on April 20, 1939, in Walsenburg, CO, to Agnes and Joe Zubal.
He attended elementary school at the Dan Schoolhouse in Ideal Canyon, then St. Mary’s High School in Walsenburg. Following graduation, he briefly worked for Vinodi Sawmill.
In 1958, Tom began working for Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company, Mountain Bell, US West and finally retired from Qwest after 42 1/2 years as a Central Office Tech.
On June 27, 1959, Tom was united in marriage to Margaret Pachorek, and they had two children. Tom moved to Hoehne in 1977 and began farming and running cattle on the family ranch in Walsenburg until 2002.
Tom enjoyed fishing, gambling , spending time with his family and taking drives in the country with his wife Marge. His greatest joy was teaching his son and grandson to fish. He also loved restoring his 1950 Case tractor and entering it in the Labor Day Parade. One of Papa’s favorite things was being ornery and teasing his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents Agnes and Joe Zubal, brother Joey, brother in law Martin Campagnola, brother in law, Leroy Hasenack and in laws, Tony and Mabel Pachorek.
Tom is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret A. Zubal, children, Marla Kay (Robbie) Skalko and Thomas (Doris) Zubal Jr., grandchildren, Jarrod Skalko and Jeni Skalko (Brian Scuzzaro), siblings, Ethel Campagnola, Barbara (Bob) Vining, sister in law, Frances Hasenack, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was the best Husband, Dad, Papa, and Father In Law . He will always be remembered.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Entombment will follow at the Guardian Angel Mausoleum, Trinidad, Catholic Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom’s many friends.
Active pallberers are Marty Campagnola, Ron Tokar, Steve Sciacca, Anthony Cirone, Ron Cirone,and Brett Tamburelli.
Condolences can be sent to the family at P.O. Box 75, Hoehne, CO, 81046. They will also received friends and visitors at the family home.
The family wishes to acknowledge the entire ICU Parkview Medical Center Staff as well as the nursing staff of the Sangre de Cristo Hospice Center.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.