James C. Sobecki, 81, Washington, died Sept. 28, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born March 16, 1932 to Connie and Jeanette (Pleszewski) Sobecki in Dunkirk, N.Y. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gerald Sobecki, and sister, JoAnn Smyers. He is survived by his wife and best friend Arlene (Jozwiak) Sobecki, brother Ron Sobecki of New York, sister Margaret Workoff of New York, children Duane (Jennie) Sobecki of Fishers, Dean (Brenda) Sobecki of Washington, Dawn Fritschle of Washington, and Daniel Sobecki of Washington. He is also suvived by his grandchildren Taylor and Tanner Fritschle, Allison and Gregory Sobecki, Gregory Bohnert and Katie Daily.
Jim was a 1949 graduate of Dunkirk High School in New York. A pipe fitter by trade, he was a decorated Army combat veteran of the Korean War. He married Arlene on May 2, 1953. Jim received a BS from Fredonia State University, an MA from Loyola University in Chicago, an EdS from Southern Illinois University and a PhD from the University of Michigan.
He began his long and dedicated career in public education as a teacher and president of the Teachers Union in Evanston, Ill. He was superintendent of schools in McLeansboro and Sesser Ill. and Washigton and Greene County, Ind.
After retirement, Jim served as president of the Washington Housing Authority. Jim was known for innovation in educational programming and a deep and continuing interest in his students. His prefessional career as well as his volunteer work benefited greatly from his business acumen.
Jim was an avid outdoors man and a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Washington. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Hope with Father James Koressel as celebrant. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Hope with an exchange of remembrances with friends and family at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Piorist School Highway (Highway 80 Box 870, Martin, Ky. 41649) or the Washington High School NJROTC program. Contributions can also be sent to the public or private school of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.edleemortuary.com .