Joseph Sabol

Joseph Sabol entered this life on September 23, 1925 and departed this life on December 28, 2013. He was 88 years old.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Verona Sabol; his brothers Michael, Andrew (Rose), and Frank (Roma) Sabol; and his sisters Ann (Robert) Slaby, Mary (Robert) Reilly, and Ethel and Helen Sabol. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-five years, Barbara; his daughters Sandra Lee Woolman, Lisbeth Jean Sabol, and Barbara (Mark) Rosasco; his stepdaughters, Njeri Shomari and Frankie (Frank) Davis; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Nelson High School in Ohio, Joseph served as an air crewman in the Navy during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii, teaching airborne radar procedures. Upon discharge and after a stint in the same mill in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father worked, and after sailing the Great Lakes as a seaman, he attended The Ohio State University, and later moved to Kansas City, where he worked as a laboratory technician at Proctor and Gamble. He was a graduate student at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). He then held a joint appointment as assistant professor in UMKC’s Department of Geography and School of Business. When he left the University, he pursued a career in sales becoming a sales manager eventually retiring to farm in Upstate New York. He enjoyed ham radio (WOHBV). He moved from farm life to a retirement community in Washington, DC where he was active with his friends and neighbors in various volunteer activities and debating public policy and politics. During his retirement years he discovered photography and won an award for one of his nature photographs. He also edited an alternative health and environment newsletter. His retirement was interspersed with travel across the United States, to Moscow and to the home of his mother in Hungary. His final retirement years were spent in Lawrence, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to: SMILE TRAIN, PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.

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  1. Gail C. Christopher on December 31, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Dear Barbara,
    My deepest condolences at this time. May you find the peace that comes from knowing how well you loved and supported one another and how the quality of your lives together were shaped by that love. May the days ahead be filled with joy for you and your loved ones as you remember all the goodness.
    Gail C.

  2. Carla Gullatt on December 31, 2013 at 9:57 am


    My sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss. I pray that you find comfort in the memories you shared with one another. May your life be strengthened by all those who love you.

  3. Joseph B. Hawes on January 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Dear Barbara,
    I know how much Joey loved you and that this love was born of the good times you had shared and the caring and kindness he had grown to feel from you. I trust that at this time these experiences will bring you joy and provide you some comfort as you strive to get over the lost of Joey.
    To you I send heart felt wishes from Ann and myself
    Joe & Ann

  4. Rosetta Robins on January 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm


    You and your family are in my deepest prayers.

  5. Bishop Marvin E. Donaldson on January 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    On behalf of the Greater Pentecostal Mass Choir, we are praying your strength and comfort in this difficult hour; recognizing that earth has NO SORROW that Heaven can not heal.

    Rejoicing in the Risen Christ,
    Bishop Marvin E. Donaldson

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