Leonard Sobie was born July 20, 1923 the youngest son of Susan (nee Miska) and Ben Sobierajski. He was brave and adventurous, sailing as a worker on ore freighters at the age of 15. He earned 2 Purple Hearts on the sands of Iwo Jima and Guam, a selfless and proud lifelong Marine.
His heart was captured by Laverne Molzan, they Married in 1947 and she remained his sweetheart for the next 53 years. Together, they lived in Independence, OH where he worked as a printer at various newspapers. They were the kind of couple who would waltz to the music of street musicians, make friends of total strangers, and always kiss goodnight.
Len lived in Wadsworth, OH in his senior years, and was devoted to his family and his church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He continued his Marine service through Toys for Tots and by volunteering for the Honor Guard at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery into his 90’s. He often stood hours at attention for the sake of his brothers in arms. He was a swimmer, jokester and avid foodie. He loved simple pleasures, and entertained his grandchildren with stories of days gone by.
A truly dapper gentleman, everyone who met him, experienced his charm and kindness. His four grandchildren and their families were the delight of his life. He grew in faith and charity through the end of his days, looking forward to heaven and the hope of seeing his Lord and beloved wife again.
On September 22, 2018, at the age of 95, he heard Jesus call his name and stepped into eternity, surrounded by the love of his family. Leonard is survived by his sons Michael Sobie (Linda Oriti) Timothy Sobie, four grandchildren: Scott (Oksana), Carleen (Nathaniel) Hobbs, Nathan (Teressa), Danielle (Ryan) Watters, fifteen great grandchildren and a legacy of love.
The family will receive friends 4-8 pm Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 272 Broad St., Wadsworth. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Ohio Western reserve National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110, in gratitude for the incredible care they gave him the past 9 months.