Obtuary, Andrew Gobla

Andrew Gobla, 88, of Wilkes-Barre went to be with his Lord and savior on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. He had resided at Little Flower Manor for the past 2½ years.

Andy was born in Mountain Top on April 13, 1925, son of the late Andrew and Mary Gobla.

He attended Mountain Top area schools and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Franklin. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean conflict.

After Andy’s second honorable discharge, he was employed as an electrician by Faith Shoe Factory and Topps Chewing Gum until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of East End Primitive Methodist Church.

He and his wife, the former Ruth Miller, would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on June 30, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Anne Stawasz; sisters, Eva Lebert and Mary Schwenk; and brothers, Frank, Harry, John, Michael and George.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Ruth, are his daughter, Sharon Leslie and her husband, Edward, Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Erica Leslie Bennick, Nicole Stawasz Gregori, Craig Stawasz, Edward T. Leslie and Madisen Leslie; son-in-law, Jack Stawasz, Plains Township; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Andy will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, in East End Primitive Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Marty Garms, pastor, officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Manor, 200 Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or to East End Primitive Methodist Church, 79 Laurel St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, in Andy’s memory.

Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.

Published in Citizens’ Voice from June 20 to June 21, 2013

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