Joseph J. Sarabok
Joseph John Sarabok, 87, of Palmyra, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, in his home with his loving family by his side.
He worked for Lederle Laboratories, a division of American Cyanamid, in sales and management for 35 years as a senior pharmaceutical representative. He earned the Golden Oval Award, given to the top three sales representatives out of 700 internationally. In addition, he won the Gold Cup Award seven times, given annually to the top five percent of international sales representatives.Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Vito and Pauline Sarabok.
- He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia E. "Ginny" (Derby) Sarabok.
He was a 1944 graduate of the former Lansford High School, where he played on the 1943 undefeated football team and was selected to the AP 1st Team All State as a guard. He received a full scholarship to Penn State and was a member of the 1947 undefeated Cotton Bowl football team that played SMU to a 13-13 tie in Texas.
Sarabok was a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club, Letterman Club and Varsity S Club.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he served from 1944-1946 aboard the USS Lloyd APD63 in the Pacific combat area, with 11 landings in the Philippine Islands before liberation. Following his loyal service to the country, he returned to Penn State to earn his BS degree.
The deceased was a member and past president of Palmyra Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. As a Rotarian, he was active in community projects, including the annual pancake breakfast, fundraising for nine years, and coordinated the activities with the high school graduating class.
He was a very active member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Palmyra, where he served as a lector, sang in the choir, served as financial advisor, co-chairman of the new CCD classroom building, and was in charge of the Lenten fish fry for five years.
Sarabok was the travel coordinator for the Hershey Area Club for five years, arranging all facets of nine trips every year for senior citizens.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Joseph J. Jr. of Houston, Tex., Gregory D. of Mechanicsburg and Jeffrey T. of Gibsonia; two daughters, Gail Ann Belt of Bel Air, Md., and Ginger A. of Quentin; two brothers, Stephen of Boston, Mass., and Michael of Staten Island, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Church of the Holy Spirit, 245 W. Pine St., Palmyra, with the Rev. James F. Podlesny as celebrant. Interment with full military honors, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Rothermel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra, and 10-11 a.m. Friday in the church. Contributions may be made to the Joseph J. Sarabok Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 840 E. Main St., Palmyra, Pa. 17078. Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.rothermelfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times News on Oct. 1, 2013