James Joseph Gulbin, of Union Dale, passed away on Sunday after a long battle with illness. His wife is the former Miss Marie Avaschieri. The couple would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 3.
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Born in Forest City, son of the late William and Helen Kandrot Gulbin, he was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount. Jim was a 1957 graduate of Forest City Regional High School. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force, where he was a military policeman for four years. When Jim left the Air Force, he went to school for two years and received a certificate as a maintenance mechanic. He then worked at General Analine in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Eventually, Jim and his family returned to Union Dale and he worked as a Psychiatric Security Aide (PSAII) at Farview State Hospital, Waymart. Jim retired after 28 years of service.
Also surviving are four children, Maria Suhadolnik, Clifford; Mark Gulbin, Union Dale; Jimmy Gulbin, Montrose; Donna Murphy, Ararat; a brother, William, Union Dale; two sisters, Dianne Tubaugh, Greensboro, N.C.; and Irene Wormuth, Richmondale; nine grandchildren, Michael, Rachel, Devon, Benjamin, Masen, Robert, James, Brett, Joey and Isabella.
The funeral will be Saturday with a blessing service at 10 a.m. in the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main Street, Forest City, to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick Albert. Interment, Saint Anthony's Cemetery, Forest City.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Online condolences may be sent at www.brennan funeralhomes.com.
Jones & Brennan Funeral Home
430 Main Street
Forest City, PA 18421
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 16, 2014