Edward J. Zychal Sr., 83, worked at Royer’s Pharmacy, avid gardener, enjoyed polka dancing

By on August 26, 2015

Edward J. Zychal Sr., 83, of Leola, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at Fairmount Homes in Ephrata.

He was born in Export, the son of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Mazur) Zychal. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Judy M. (Johnson) Zychal, of Leola.

Edward began his career as a young man in business at W. T. Grant where he worked his way up from stockroom clerk to general retail manager. His career shifted in 1976 at which time he began working for Royer’s Pharmacy in Ephrata, ultimately retiring from there in 1997. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church of Willow Street, Dutchland Polkateers, Polka Pals of Lebanon, York White Rose Polka Club, Capital City Polka Association, and the Lancaster Liederkranz. Mr. Zychal was an avid gardener with a love of dance and music. He served as a dance instructor for 40-plus years with various polka clubs.

Besides his wife Judy, he is survived by his children: Edward J., married to Lisa M. Zychal; Melanie A., married to Gary Zimmerman; Christina M., married to Steven M. Horbey; Marcia L., married to Randy A. Spacht; and stepsons: Erin M. Stauffer and Brad A. Stauffer. Also surviving are grandchildren: Kevin, Mark, Daniel, Macy, Maya, Amanda, Jessica, Marissa, and Brandon; great-granddaughter: Lexi; and three step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Peter Zychal and Frank Zychal; and his sisters: Grace Dokmanovich and Irene Mika.

Services were held Aug. 21 at Ascension Lutheran Church, Willow Street. Burial was in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Edward’s name may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Online condolences may be posted to thegroffs.com. The Groffs Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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