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James J. Kobal

Funeral Service

10:30 am
Friday, September 18, 2015


Kobal, James J., “Peanuts”-“Bumpa”, 76, Johnstown, went home to be with his Lord Sept. 14, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 22, 1939, in Johnstown, to the late Francis and Sophia (Rykala) Kobal. Preceded in death by infant sister, Frances Kobal. Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Loretta V. (Petak) “Muma”; children, Deborah “Mona” Wyrwas (Paul), Vinco; Maryann “Munsin” Kobal, Johnstown; Kathy “Poo” Sabo (Mike), Johnstown; James “Hinkle” Kobal (Stephanie), Johnstown; siblings, Betty “Toots” Heinlein (Jim), Tom “Zeke” Kobal (Connie); John “Kobie” Kobal (Nancy); Edward “Hop” Kobal (Mary); brother-in law, Lawrence Petak (Joanne), Vienna, Virgina; grandchildren, Keith “Beef” Sabo (fiancé Brittney Englert), Kassie Sabo, Connor Kobal, Nathaniel and Nolan Wyrwas, Symeon, Xenia, and Nykos Kobal. Also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. James was a US Army Veteran, a member of the Church of the Transfiguration, a lifelong member of the Franklin Borough Vol. Fire Dept., and member of the Franklin White Eagles.  He loved listening to polkas with Polish Bill on Sunday mornings and instilled Polish traditions in his children and grandchildren. “Sto Lat!” Bumpa adored Muma, his love for 51 years.  He loved his Johnstown Trojans and was an avid Penn State Fan, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. He loved watching any sport on TV!  Most of all, he was a die-hard fan of all of his grandchildren’s sports and activities that they participated in. He truly was a “Bumpa” to all that knew him! He will be greatly missed and we’re sure he left lasting memories with everyone he talked to! At Jim’s request, there will be no viewing. Family & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass which will be celebrated Fri., Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Transfiguration, Conemaugh, PA with Rev. Robert C. Hall, officiating. Graveside services to follow at Assumption Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Conemaugh Valley Marine Corps League Attachment 287. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Franklin Borough Vol. Fire Dept. and Johnstown High School Baseball Boosters in memory of James Kobal, R. 912 Virginia Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15906. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 1521 Frankstown Road., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care”. Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneral

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