Louis Welebob Sr., 99, of Mountain Top, entered into eternal rest on Saturday evening at Smith Healthcare, Mountain Top, following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Feb. 14, 1914, in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late Paul and Mary Welebob.
Louis attended Wilkes-Barre Township schools. He and his late wife, Elizabeth, owned and operated Louie's Market in Laurel Run Borough for 25 years. Due to the Laurel Run Mine fire, he and his family relocated to Mountain Top. Louis worked for WW Davis as a painter. Upon retiring, he worked part-time at Friedman Express and McDonald's in Mountain Top. He retired again at age 86 to care for his late wife.
Louis was the oldest living member of the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, where he served on the Trustee Board and was head offertory steward for many years. He was also a member of the Painters Union.
Louis will be best remembered for his love of people, especially when he was able to greet them at his market and at McDonald's. Louis loved doing odd jobs around his house and he loved gardening. He was an especially proud grandfather and great-grandfather to his three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren that he cherished the most.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth; brothers Walter, Joseph, Chester, Stanley and Matthew, and his sisters Marion, Helen, Sally, Frances, Sophie and Jean.
Surviving are his son, Louis Welebob Jr., and his wife, Jeannine; and his daughter, Marion Jean, all of Mountain Top; grandchildren, Louis Welebob III and his wife, Maggie, Middleton, Wis.; Carolee Welebob, Hatfield, Pa., and Lorilee Rozitski and her husband, Scott, Mountain Top; great-grandchildren, Louis Joseph, Emily and Theresa Welebob; Joshua and Carly Lowe; Kyle and Caden Rozitski; brothers Leo, Maryland, and Paul, California; several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, with the Rev David Elick officiating. Interment will follow in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Laurel Run PM Church, 3835 Laurel Run Road, Laurel Run, PA 18706. The family would also like to thank the entire staff at Smith Health Care for the terrific care of and compassion for Louis and his family.