John R. Sobieraj
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John R. Sobieraj
  • January 6, 1943 - January 13, 2018
  • New York

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John Robert "Jack" Sobieraj, of Churchville, New York, a cherished husband, father and grandfather, passed peacefully into eternal rest on January 13, 2018, at the age of 75, with his loving family at his bedside.

Nicknamed Jack as a boy and "Dada" when he first became a father, Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob & Frances Sobieraj.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Mary Lou (Ziemba); children, Cindy Sobieraj, Debbie (Gordon) Forth, Sandra Jean (Franklin) Westfall, and Jim (Sarah) Sobieraj; grandchildren, Abigail, Emily, Katie, Gemma, Tim, Quinn, Lia, Jonathan, and Graham; brother, Bill (Bette) Sobieraj, and sisters, Bonnie (Bob) Hughes and Susan Kolczynski; dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends at the Chili American Legion Post 1830.

Jack grew up in Utica, NY, and graduated from Siena College with a degree in accounting. He spent most of his career at Davenport Machine in Rochester, NY, as an accountant and then treasurer. He went on to build his own successful sales business, the J.R. Sobieraj Company.

Taught by his father to fish, Jack's idea of a perfect day was taking a boat onto Oneida Lake to spend hours with a fishing pole, a cooler of beer and the company of his dad, his children or his brother Bill. Jack loved to hunt and bowled in a league for years with Mary Lou. An avid reader of history, military novels and the financial pages, Jack had a keen eye for picking a good stock and a generous heart for sharing investment advice. He always liked a good card game-usually involving a friendly wager-whether at the dining room table or in an online poker room. Grandpa Jack was the architect of the towering annual backyard bonfires, and never passed up private recitals by the grandchildren as they learned various musical instruments. For the nine who called him Grandpa Jack, his specialty was giant pumpkins, tractor rides, back scratches and afternoons at the Legion. His legacy to the next generation is his enthusiasm for their academic achievement and his encouragement that they forever strive to be the best they can be.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday, January 19th, from 6-9PM at the Funeral Home of ALVAH HALLORAN &SON, 2125 Chili Ave., Gates, NY 14624. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Saturday, January 20th, at St. Christopher's Church, 3350 Union St, North Chili, NY 14514.

Cards for Memorial Masses to be said in Jack's memory can be purchased at the Funeral Home or at St. Christopher's Church, or donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Heart Association.