COAL TOWNSHIP — Matthew Leonard Sosnoski, 91, of 500 W. State St., Shamokin, passed away at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Nov. 21, 1920, he was a son of the late Peter and Verna (Sikora) Sosnoski.
Born and raised in Shamokin, he was a 1938 graduate of Shamokin High School. The summer after graduation, he worked at the Shamokin Baking Company and Bonton Bakery.
On July 25, 1942, he received his draft notice and entered World War II. On Aug. 8, 1942, he began Army Air Corps basic training in St. Petersburg, Fla., followed by Issac Delgado Central Trade School in New Orleans. He was an aircraft mechanic and crew chief on the AT-6 aircraft, Chanute Field, Champaign-Urbana, Ill. He also took a propeller specialist course in Oklahoma City. He was crew chief on the P-38 aircraft.
He was honorably discharged at Camp Atterbury, Ind., Feb. 16, 1946.
After the service, Matt worked with his father and brothers in the family business, SOS Electric, doing electrical, plumbing and heating work. From 1950 to 1952, he drilled rock tunnels in the mines at Glen Burn and Maysville Slopes 1 and 2.
He was an electrician over the years for John Lukens, Heim, Koser, Beck, Bechtel and Standard Electric. He later joined the local union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 607. He served as foreman on many jobs until retiring from the Berwick nuclear power plant on Dec. 31, 1982. He then worked for Northumberland County in the mid-1980s as a maintenance electrician in the "green thumb program." He also helped and enjoyed serving customers in the 1990s at The Bait Shop, a family-owned business. He worked construction for some time on various Pennsylvania interstates in the 1960s.
He enjoyed playing 31, Phase 10 and doing crossword puzzles, brain teasers and word jumbles. He had a very sharp mind. His goal was to celebrate his 100th birthday, and could frequently be heard singing "If You're Young at Heart." He took much enjoyment from hosting an annual picnic each August for his graduating class of 1938.
He was a member of Shamokin-Coal Township Senior Action Center, where he would call bingo occasionally. Matt and his companion, Kay, were elected Health King and Queen in 2006 and again in 2011 at the Senior Action Center, a title they will hold until Valentine's Day.
He also was a member of the Sunflower Club, Rainbow Club, Coal Crackers, Dalmatia American Legion and a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Shamokin.
He meant the entire world to his family and they meant the world to him. He was a true hero who fought a brave battle right to the end.
His pride and joy was his grandson, Braxton, a second-year nursing student at Thomas Jefferson University's program at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
On June 9, 1967, he married the former Doris Jean (Herrold) Sosnoski, who preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2000.
He has enjoyed the company of his faithful companion, Kathryn Yakubick, of Shamokin, for the past eight years.
Surviving are daughters, Mathlene Campbell and Barbara Dehart; sons-in-law, Dennis Campbell and Gordon Dehart; grandson, Braxton Pappas; granddaughter, Tammy Miller; great-grandson, Jonathan Miller; companion, Kathryn Yakubick; a sister, Audrey Gricoski, of Northumberland; many nieces and nephews; and his dogs, Peace and Anna.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Bernard, Gregory, Mark and Paul; and a stepson, John Dobson.
He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace, Dad.
SOSNOSKI — Matthew Leonard Sosnoski, 91, of 500 W. State St., Shamokin. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Union Chapel, 3449 Upper Road, Shamokin. Friends may call at the chapel from noon until time of service. Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, has charge of arrangements.
Published in News Item from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2012
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