OBITUARY

George E. Bobko

April 7, 1935February 1, 2014

George E. Bobko, 78 of Mather, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born April 7, 1935 in German Township, Fayette County, a son of the late John and Anna Urbany Bobko. Mr. Bobko was a retired United States Post Office employee in Waynesburg with over 35 years of service. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Bobko was a member of St. Marcellus R.C. Church of Jefferson, where he also served as custodian for several years. On November 4, 1961 he married Dolores Severini, who survives. Also surviving is a brother, Stephen J. Bobko of Farmville, VA and several nieces and nephews. A public Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Marcellus R.C. Church, Jefferson, with Fr. J. Francis Frazer as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Graveside military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #954, Jefferson and the United States Army. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Marcellus R.C. Church, Jefferson. Condolences may be expressed online at www.behm-funeralhomes.com

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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Gloria Vincent

February 18, 2014

Dolores and Family, Just received your letter. We are so saddened by the news of Georges passing He was the sweetest, kindest man. I let Dee know. Dolores, you are in our prayers, we love you very much. Gloria, Jerry and Family

February 18, 2014

17 Feb 2014

Dolores, Jim, Colonel Bobko,

I was so sorry to learn of George's passing… and I am even more sorry that I don't think I ever told George how much he meant to me especially when I was a young man…. After I left home in high school, college, and then to the Marine Corps, I always knew that after mass on Sunday, I could head back to the sanctuary and see George… Even as the years passed, he always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye…

Being the second oldest of 12 children, life was tough at times with a lot of responsibilities at a young age… When I met George, I was in middle school and he hired my brother Paul and I to do work around the church… George paid us a $1 an hour! That was golden wages back then… He was the first man who treated me as an individual, treated me as a young man and gave me a chance. He mentored, he guided, he corrected and, during it all, George helped to instill values and ethics in me – and taught me to have fun… I remember working like a dog in the heat to clear a picnic area for the church or cutting the summer grass and how cool and refreshing the bottle of pop tasted afterwards – free thanks to George. I still remember the annual "hockey" matches on the newly waxed floor of the social hall- which we had spent days stripping and waxing. George was our announcer and referee… I don't know who had more fun, us kids crashing into each other or George on stage announcing the game and joking us the whole time. ?

I learned a great deal from George… Most of all, I remember his gentleness and kindness, his smile and his good heart… I remember the stories he would tell us during our breaks and his laugher during Bingo nights – or during those marathon Saturdays when George developed the idea of a 6-8 hour marathon Bingo session… George seemed to have endless energy and endless ideas – that we were all too happy to help him implement.

George Bobko was a man of honor and integrity. George was a man who could be trusted who earned that trust each day. Unlike some he did not abuse trust nor did he play favorites.

On Feb 1, 2014, a good man died. Most folks outside of southwest PA may not have heard of George or may not have known him personally… But they did know him… George was one of America's unsung heroes. An Army Korean War Veteran, successful career as a postal carrier, a long time volunteer at his church and community who was always willing to lend a hand. When he needed a break from his busy life, he bought an ice cream truck and drove it around country towns giving kids smiles with the treats and giving parents a headache with the repeating ice cream truck music. He would give kids a break if they were short of money or had none.

George typified the men who spend their lives trying to do what is right and honorable... They are the men who serve our country either in the Armed Forces, as first responders, in the classrooms of our schools, and even more important, as an example of what a honorable Man should be and how a Man of integrity should live his life and take care of his family and community – This is George's legacy… George is part of the unsung heroes, those who names are not carved in monuments of stone, but on the lives of the youth they mentor and the positive impact they leave on their communities. They are what makes America great and why as long as we have the George Bobkos of our land, we need not fear for our Nation...

On April 7, 1935 as a small boy was born in Fayette County, PA… and God danced a dance of joy! I am honored and blessed to have danced part of life's dance with George.. to have known him and to have learned from him… I will never forget what you did for me George…

Many thanks my friend and mentor… oh yea, tell my dad I said hi… I know he met you when you passed…

Love

Ernie

Ernest C. D'Antonio
Lieutenant Colonel of Marines (retired)

Greg Hillsman

February 5, 2014

George you will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you...

February 4, 2014

George was a long time neighbor on 6 th st. He lived next to the Husarcik family with his mother and brother and Uncle. I am Mary Husarck who was Georges friend growing up. Wish I could see him one more time but I now live in Fla. and just now found out. God be with him and deepest sympathy to Delores and the rest of the family.

Ellen Guesman Bodureau

February 4, 2014

Aunt Delores,
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle George was such a wonderful man and will be missed by many. You are in our prayers during this sorrowful time.

The Hillsman Family

February 4, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dolores. George was a sweet man and will be missed by all.

Rick Carson

February 3, 2014

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Rick Carson
(Waynesburg Post Office)

Rick Carson

February 3, 2014

When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. My sympathies to you and your family.

Rick Carson
(Waynesburg Post Office)

February 3, 2014

When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. My sympathies to your family.

Rick Carson
(Waynesburg Post Office)

Carol Silbaugh

February 3, 2014

Delores and Family You have my deepest sympathy. George was such a genuine person. I remember when I played the Organ at St. Marcellus he was always there taking care of the Church.The Boys said they remember how nice George was. They remember the Ice cream truck when they were little.We will remember his smile, he always had one for everybody. He will be missed.