John Laboskie III

COAL TOWNSHIP — John Laboskie III, 85, of 1506 W. Arch St., passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

John was born in Shamokin Aug. 16, 1928, a son of the late Anna (Shelbert) and John Laboskie Jr.

On Sept. 2, 1950, at Transfiguration Ukranian Catholic Church, Shamokin, he married Grace O. (Boden) Laboskie, who survives him.

Mr. Laboskie joined the service before completing high school. He attained the high school accredidation and also attended trade school on the G.I. Bill.

He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal with the Military Police Co., 96th Battalion in the Korean War. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars and the United Nations Medal.

He received a QA clearance by the FBI for security service in 1949 at the special weapons base in the Sandi Mountains near Albuquerque in New Mexico where the atom bomb was developed.

He served as shop steward and on the negotiation team for the Textile Workers Union of America while working 19 years at the Shamokin Woolen Mills in the 1950s. He retired after working 30 years as a postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

He was a past president of the Shamokin Area High School Marching and Orchestra Band Booster organizations. John was a financial secretary of the National Slovak Society No. 518, Shamokin, for 52 years.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Shamokin, where he also served as an usher for 18 years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and thought the world of his grandchildren who affectionately called him "Gramps."

In addition to Grace, his loving wife of 63 years, John is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John IV and Christine Laboskie, of Kulpmont, and Gregg and Lois Laboskie, of Sunbury; two grandchildren, Laura Cole and her husband, Jerrod, of Bloomsburg, and Lisa Laboskie and her fiance, Matthew Dooley, of Sunbury; a great-grandson, Christian Cole, of Bloomsburg; and a brother, Edward Laboskie, and his wife Etta, of Selinsgrove.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Laboskie, and a sister, Rose Marie Perles.

LABOSKIE — John Laboskie III, 1506 W. Arch St., Coal Township. A religious fruneral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Peiffer, pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ, officiating. Family and friends are invited to call at the visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will follow services at Northumberland Memorial Park, Sunbury. As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 117 N. Eighth St., Shamokin.

Funeral Home

James Kelley Funeral Home
1001 W. Arch St. Coal Township, PA 17866
(570) 648-3241

Published in The News Item on May 21, 2014