OBITUARY

James Gary Jarabek

March 30, 1939September 25, 2019
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Mr. Gary Jarabek, age 80, of Marietta, GA, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Gary was born on March 30, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio, only child of the late James George Jarabek and Marie Simon Jarabek. Gary graduated from Western Reserve University and joined the Ohio National Guard, initially working in the garment industry. He later owned his own business and ultimately retired from the Westinghouse Savannah River Plant as the Assistant to the Director. He began his hobby of model railroading as a child and had an amazing model railroad layout that appeared on the Atlanta Piedmont Division Model Railroad Pilgrimage many times. He was recently honored with the President’s award for Service by the National Model Railroad Association for his dedication. He also loved sailing, gardening, playing with his devoted Golden Retriever, Daisy, and spending time with his grandchildren. Gary was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend; he will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Jarabek; two daughters, Brooke Jarabek, husband Colin Cassidy of Alpharetta, GA, and Kirsten Franklin, husband Burt, of Johns Creek, GA; five grandchildren, Hannah Franklin, Ethan Franklin, Grace Cassidy, Craig Cassidy, and Brenna Cassidy; niece Heather Noonan, husband Brian; two children, Bailey and Noah. A Celebration of Life honoring Mr. Gary Jarabek will be held at two-thirty in the afternoon on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in the Chapel of Roswell Funeral Home. A reception with the family will follow. Please visit www.roswellfuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences with the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta The funeral services for Mr. Gary Jarabek have been entrusted to the care of Roswell Funeral Home 950 Mansell Road Roswell, Georgia 30076.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Peter Youngblood

October 6, 2019

As a fellow model railroader new to the NMRA's Piedmont Division in the early 2000's , Gary was the first members I recall meeting. His "welcome aboard" greeting was genuine and much appreciated. In years that followed we enjoyed group lunches, visiting one another's model railroad layouts and always having a good time. Phone calls shared most often had to do with Division matters while we served on its Board of Directors. One year I was solicited to help Gary and his small team organize the annual Piedmont Pilgrimage. Immediately apparent was his dedication to maximizing its success, not an easy task and only one of many he voluntarily took on tirelessly year after year. Thank you, Gary. God bless you and your family and may you rest in peace.

Ann & Len Naftal

October 5, 2019

Barbara and family.
Lenny and I are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
Len & Ann Naftal

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