Joseph S. Hodin, Scranton, died early Friday at home. He and his wife, the former Eileen Schocket, were married for 64 beautiful years.
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Born in Archbald, son of the late M.L. and Bertha Eber Hodin, Joe was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Penn State University. His undergraduate college education was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in 1942 and served two years overseas with the Third Infantry Division in Italy, France, Germany and Austria. He was twice wounded at Anzio and in France, for which he received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was also decorated with a Silver Star, the third-highest honor bestowed by the United States government for gallantry in action.
After the end of WWII, Joe resumed his education at Penn State, where he received a B.A. degree, and thereafter received his law degree from Dickinson Law School. He practiced law in Binghamton, N.Y., where he met his beloved wife, Eileen. He also practiced law in Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Bar Association, as well as the New York Bar Association. He returned to Scranton to work in the family business as president of Giant Markets, and built it for five decades, contributing to the economic growth and vitality of Scranton and Lackawanna County during that era.
Joe served as an officer and led many civic and Jewish organizations over the years. He was chairman of the Board of the Jewish Community Center, president of the Scranton-Lackawanna Jewish Federation, secretary of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and commander of the Jewish War Veterans. He was awarded "Man of the Year" from B'nai B'rith. Joe was an accomplished musician, which included playing violin in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Philharmonic.
Joe also served as a member of the board of directors at Penn State Worthington Scranton campus and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, the board of directors of the Boys Club of America, Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels, University of Scranton board of trustees, Temple Israel and the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Joseph and his wife, Eileen, have five children, Michael W. Hodin and wife, Nancy, New York City; Attorney Daniel P. Hodin and wife, Cathy, Washington, D.C.; Susan Hodin Herlands, founder and president of My Mother's Delicacies Inc., and husband, attorney Scott A. Herlands, Clarks Summit; Dr. Richard A. Hodin and wife, Laura, Boston, Mass.; and Barbara Hodin Cooperstone and husband, Elliot, Westport, Conn. "Joey" has 14 grandchildren, attorney Joshua and wife, attorney Sylvia; attorney Alison and attorney Zachary Herlands, Jessica, Rachel, Jamie, Lindsay, Matthew, Sarah, Jeffrey and Robert Hodin and Alex, Annie and Lizzie Cooperstone; first great-grandchild, precious Ella Herlands; and a brother, Dr. Earl Hodin.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, William and Jack Hodin.
Special thanks go out to our friend and caregiver, Danielle Pompeii, for the comfort she provided to Joe and the family.
The funeral will be Sunday with services at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Temple Israel, 918 E. Gibson St., Scranton, by Rabbi Moshe Saks, Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus and Cantor Vladimir Aronzon.
Friends may call at the Temple from 1 p.m. until the time of service. The Jewish War Veterans will have a service immediately preceding the funeral. Interment will follow in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery.
Friends will be received during shiva at the family residence at 1740 Ariel St. in Scranton on Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Joe's memory may be made to M.L. Hodin Scholar-in-Residence Fund, c/o Temple Israel, 918 E. Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510.
Arrangements under the care of the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Dunmore. To offer the family a condolence or for further information, please visit www.scrantonjewishfunerals.com.
Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on May 3, 2014