James E. Hobin

US FlagJames E. Hobin, 91, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Lost Creek No. 2, Feb. 23, 1925, he was a son of the late Martin J. and Anna A. (Coyle) Hobin.

Jim was a 1942 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School and attended Penn State University.Jim was a decorated World War II Army veteran.

He retired after 35 years from the former Bethlehem Steel, where he was a metallurgical observer.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. Stephen’s Church, Shenandoah. He was also a member of the Anthony P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792 and the Shenandoah AMVETS Post, both of Shenandoah. Jim was a life member of the American Federation of Musicians; he played the trumpet in many local orchestras and bands.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Violet E. Novatka, and a brother, Martin A. Hobin.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Casimir Church, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

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