The Rev. Joseph Sabo Jr., 86, The Village at Hubbard Hill, Elkhart, Ind., entered into the presence of his Lord Thursday at Elkhart General Hospital after an extended illness.
He was born in Clarksville, son of Joseph and Julia (Smoggi) Sabo. He married Hazel Marie Tremba on Aug. 24, 1949, in Clarksville.
Surviving are his wife; two sons: Joseph Mark (Jean) of Nappanee, Ind., and Jonathan Roy (Jennifer) of Orange City, Iowa; two grandsons: Joseph Mark Sabo of Goshen, Ind., and Joshua Martin (Tiffany) Sabo of Port Huron, Mich.; a great-granddaughter, Scarlette Sabo; and a sister, Norma (John) Patrick of Rices Landing, Pa.
Joseph was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a seaman first class. He was a 1945 graduate of Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Pa., and graduated from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., receiving a bachelor's degree in theology. He received his bachelor's degree in secondary education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attained a master's degree in English literature, a principal's certification and assistant superintendent certification from Penn State University.
He was an English teacher at Altoona High School for 27 years. He received his pastoral ordination with the Missionary Church and was a pastor in the Missionary Church for 34 years, serving in Pennsylvania. He also served as district superintendent in the Missionary Church for 12 years. He was a member of the Nappanee Missionary Church and a former member and pastor of the Frankstown Park Missionary Church, Hollidaysburg.
Joseph enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching his grandsons play sports, especially soccer. He also enjoyed following the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel. Pastor Joe Focht of Nappanee Missionary Church and Joseph's grandson, Pastor Josh Sabo, will officiate.
Friends will also be received from 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Frankstown Park Missionary Church, Hollidaysburg, by Pastors Roland Cadle and Josh Sabo. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.
The family requests that donations be made to Colonial Woods Venue Church, where his grandson pastors, 3240 Pine Grove Ave., Port Huron, MI 48060; or World Missionary Press, 19168 County Road 146, P.O. Box 120, New Paris, IN 46553.
Arrangements are by Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, Ind. Local arrangements are by Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg.