Michael J. Zwald

Michael J. Zwald, 39, of 35 South St., Ridgway, died Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following an industrial accident.He was born July 27, 1972 in St. Marys, the son of W. James and Sandra Salter Zwald, who survive, of St. Marys. On July 11, 1998 in the Queen of the World Church, he married April M. Whiteman, who survives. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1990. He was also a graduate of Clarion University, Class of 1994. He had been employed by Mersen for the past 15 years and was a former employee of St. Marys Carbon Company.Mr. Zwald was a member of the Queen of the World Church, the BPO Elks, and the K of C and was an Eagle Scout. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dog, S’more.In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Christine S. Zwald, at home; two sisters, Jean Zwald of St. Marys and Maryland and JoAnn (Roy) Seltzer of St. Marys; a brother, David J. (Beverly) Zwald of West Jordan, Utah; two nieces, Britney (Jared) McDougall and Clarissa Seltzer; four nephews, Aaron Zwald and Zachary, Alex and Andrew Seltzer; and one great-niece, Violet McDougall. He was also a godfather to his niece, Clarissa Seltzer, and to his nephew, Andrew Seltzer.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Nina Zwald; his maternal grandparents, Harold and Winifred Salter; and two nephews, Scott Zwald and Evan Seltzer.A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael J. Zwald will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at noon with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.