John “Ray” Sobotka, 77 of Springdale, died Wednesday April 24, 2019. He was born November 17, 1941 in New Kensington to the late John J. and Cecelia (Kaniecki) Sobotka. He was a 1959 graduate of Springdale High School. Ray was the owner of the former Sobotka’s Market, Natrona for many years. He then went to work for Community Market, working in the meat department as a meat cutter. He was a member of the West Deer VFD#1 and was a constable of elections in West Deer. He enjoyed watching his cowboy movies and series, especially John Wayne movies.
Survivors include his children Anita M. Sobotka at home, Michael J. Sobotka of Fr. Lauderdale, Fla. and Jeannie R. (Ed) Skripets of Springdale; his companion of 11 years Bernadette Mundy of West Deer; sister Anita (Rodger) Cleis of Harwick; sisters-in-laws Helen (Pastierik) Sobotka of Springdale and Marcy Funkouser of Springdale and many nieces and nephews and his furry friend Leo.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Carol J. (Pearson) Sobotka, Dec. 31, 2004 his brother David Sobotka and his brother-in-law Gary Funkhouser.
Friends will be received Saturday April 27, 2019 from 6-8 PM and Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where parting prayers will be conducted Monday April 29, 2019 at 9:30 AM with a catholic funeral mass following in Transfiguration R.C. Church, Russellton, West Deer, with the Rev. James P. Holland, officiating. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Mount Airy Cemetery, Harrison Township. View obituary and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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