Anna Goobic, 99, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Therese Residence, Wilkes-Barre.
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Anna would have celebrated her 100th birthday on April 10, the same birthdate as her deceased husband, Michael, who passed away in 1993.
A gentle, kind and loving person, she was a woman of quiet demeanor, who said the most significant influence in her life were God, her church and family, a multitude of friends, many of whom, throughout the years, sought her advice. She aptly stated, "I gave them nothing but time to hear them out. They gave me more than I can ever measure or even thank them enough."
When asked by the Rev. David Shewczyk to what she attributed to her long life, she merely responded, "patience"; when her sons asked her to elaborate, she responded, "Patience to listen, patience not to complain, and patience knowing that life can be a burden if you let it."
Anna's simple diary tells of a good but hard life. She walked from Laflin to Plains Township for her schooling until eighth grade. She loved school, particularly math, and aspired to be a math teacher. Anna skipped a grade but had to leave school to work: "My father, Nicholas, and mother, Eva, required help to crack the coal, feed the animals and clean the barn (extracted from her diary). I always loved baseball and played with the boys." All four of her sons shared her love of the game and played college baseball.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; parents, Nicholas and Eva Kropcho; brother, John Kropcho; and sister, Mary Solovey.
Anna was also predeceased by her sons, Donald and Jonah, and daughter-in-law, Mary Anne.
Surviving are sons, Michael and wife, Rita, Westfield, N.J.; and Peter and wife, Kathleen, Alexandria, Va.; daughter-in-law, Donna Goobic, Shickshinny. Grandchildren include Michael Peter Goobic, Rochester, N.Y.; Dr. Kara Goobic and husband, Dr. Gert Roosen, Silver Springs, Md.; David Goobic and wife, Amy, Midlothian, Va.; Jonah Goobic and wife, Jessica, London, England; Adam Goobic and wife, Brooke, Cambridge, Mass.; Timothy Goobic and wife, Mary Theresa, Alexandria, Va.; Bryan, Damien and Brandon Goobic, Shickshinny; and Nicole Hapeman, Wilkes-Barre. Great-grandchildren include Joshua Burns, Wilkes-Barre; and Alexander Goobic, Midlothian, Va.
For 25 years she was employed by Leslie Fay in Miners Mills. She was a charter member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and a member of the Russian Brotherhood Organization.
There is no appropriate ending to her obituary except to say, "She was a saint in every sense of the word."
Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday from Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Requiem service at 10:15 a.m. in Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday with a Parastas service at 5:30 p.m. with the Very Rev David Shewczyk officiating.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 28, 2013