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John G. Kobal, Jr.

John G. Kobal, Jr., a lifelong resident of Duryea, passed away Friday evening, June 23, 2023. under the care of Geisinger Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.


Born February 13, 1941, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Resavy) Kobal.

John was a hardworking man, providing for his family and retiring from Lehigh Valley Railroad and Conrail Scranton/Binghamton as a locomotive mechanic/yardmaster. He moonlighted as an automotive mechanic; known to put out some hotrods in his days. He also was formally a 4th degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Pittston.


Since the passing of his late beloved wife, Ellen, on November 24, 2017, John has been brokenhearted. They would have been together 61 years.


Left to mourn his passing are his son, John M. Kobal, with whom he resided; daughters, Annette, Diane Haduck (Charles) Koepke, Sweet Valley, Karen Karpovich, Pittston , and Denice (Charles) Marchise, Bear Creek; grandchildren, CJ Marchise, Michael (AshJey) Legora, Chelsea (Dave) Gilio, Casie (Justin) Mattson, and Dominick and Donavan Harrison; adopted son, Rex Sarfine; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Damian, Julia, Aydan and Justin; nieces Alexis DeSilva, Levittown and Kimberly Holm, Minnesota; several great-nieces and nephews; and sister, Delores R. Kobal, Duryea. He will be sadly missed by the family pet Darla.


Relatives and friends may join John's family for a graveside service and remembrances on Thursday, June 29th at 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, corner of Railroad and Phoenix Streets, Duryea, Pa. The Reverend Father Thomas Fritschen will serve as Officiant.


Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.


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leva1227
Jun 29, 2023

So sorry for your loss… it hurts like hell to lose a parent. You can never prepare for this day.

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Tina Maciejczak
Tina Maciejczak
Jun 28, 2023

So very sorry Diane. I am sure your father will be missed by you, your family and by all who knew him. He is now rejoicing with your mother and will be watching over all of you from above. Please know that you and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences. ((hugs)).

Love Tim, Tina and Family

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susanchachamary
Jun 27, 2023

So very sorry for your loss! I loved your dad! We had the best times doing weddings together, stopping off in his favorite little diners along the way. He loved telling me about the days gone by and the adventures of his youth. He was truly one of the good ones. He will be missed. Prayers for the family. Rest in peace John. ❤️

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HannahTeel2014
Jun 27, 2023

So sorry for your loss.

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lynwru
lynwru
Jun 27, 2023

So sorry for your loss .He was an awesome neighbor but now he is complete with his beloved Ellen.thoughts and prayers 🙏❤️Linda (kemler)&Chet

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