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Madeline Z. Hobika
Utica/New Smyrna Beach, FL
Madeline Z. Hobika, 79, of Utica, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at home, with her family at her side. Madeline was born on November 2, 1933, in Utica, the daughter of Kalil and Mazie (Salamey) Zogby. A graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School, Madeline attended Utica College for two years, then transferred to and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in education. Madeline first served as an elementary teacher and later served as a corrective reading specialist for the Utica City School District, retiring in 1996. Madeline was a spirited and active woman with varied social and civic interests as evidenced by her memberships in the Womens Fund, the Arc, the Fort Schuyler Club, and the Yahnundasis Golf Club, to name but a few. Travel was an essential ingredient of Madelines DNA and she thoroughly enjoyed her winter residence in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and her membership at Sugarmill Country Club. Surviving besides her beloved husband, Joseph H. Hobika, whom she married on April 4, 1959, in St. Louis Gonzaga Church, are three daughters and sons-in-law, Lucia and Dr. Clifford Soults, Clinton, Shelley and Matt Cannuli, Fairport, and Meredith and Stephen Roefaro, Utica; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph, Jr., and Gina, Utica, Andrew and Jacqueline, Clinton, and Luke and Monica, Dewitt; a sister and brother-in-law, Camley and Raja Hitti, Clinton; a brother and sister-in-law, Kamil and Laurel Zogby, Utica; and a sister-in-law, Donna Zogby, North Carolina. She also leaves 16 cherished grandchildren to whose respective lifes successes and happiness she dedicated her energies and efforts, Joseph, III, Geena Jo, Julia, Marissa, Andrew, Jr., Matthew, Alexis, Madeline, Catherine, Alex, Graham, Ellie, Thomas, Molly, Luke, Jr., and Grace; she is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins as well as good friends, too numerous to list but never forgotten and always appreciated and loved by Madeline during her lifetime, which special status is her legacy to each of them to be honored always by those who survive her. Madeline was predeceased by her son, Matthew, in 2009, but kept always alive in her heart; and her brother, Roshide Zogby. Relatives and friends are invited to and may call on Tuesday from 3-7p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, 470 French Rd., Utica. The Prayer of Incense will be offered at the funeral home on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Gonzaga Church where the Divine Liturgy of the Faithful Departed will be celebrated by Chorbishop John Faris. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider remembrances in Madelines name to the Joseph and Madeline Hobika Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., 1222 State St., Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for your convenience. Messages of sympathy at: www.myslinskifuneralhome.com
Madeline Hobika
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from May 13 to May 14, 2013
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