In Loving Memory of Eileen Hodin

Eileen Hodin

Eileen Hodin

Scranton, PA September 10, 1929 ~ January 6, 2017 Date of Service: January 8, 2017


Eileen Hodin, 87, of Scranton passed away on Friday at her home.  Her beloved husband of 64 years, the late Joseph Hodin, owner of Giant Markets, died in 2014.  Eileen is survived by 5 children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren to whom she dedicated her soul and spirit, teaching them about life, love and values and leaving a proud legacy that will carry for generations.  


Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Marian and Jules Schochet and had a younger sister, the late Rosalie Schochet. Eileen spent her formative years in Binghamton, NY, where she met her husband Joseph before moving to  Scranton in 1950.  Eileen made it her lifetime devotion to raise her family , which  she did masterfully. She was the matriarch of the Hodin household, living each day to the fullest with her husband Joe and five children, dedicating herself to their education and citizenship.  But, she  also  took great joy in bringing the family together for special  celebrations and holiday dinners. Eileen was also ahead of her time, operating “behind the scenes” as the indispensable partner to her husband Joe during the sixties and early seventies  when the Hodins  were growing the  Giant Market business to 24 stores across Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Catskills.  While Joe ran the business with his brothers Jack and Bill and their father M.L., Eileen was quietly but effectively, efficiently and brilliantly playing an instrumental role in the design, decoration, and branding of the stores.   


With Joe and her five children, Eileen was a member of Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center and, as in matters of the Giant Market business, was also an invaluable force behind the family’s leadership involvement in the community. From Audubon to Central High School, Temple Israel Hebrew School to the Jewish Community Center athletics, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Eileen Hodin had a great impact on the community and helped create a legacy that reaches far and wide.


Surviving are her five children, Michael and wife, Nancy, Daniel and wife, Cathy, Susan and husband, Scott, Richard and wife, Laura, Barbara and husband, Elliot.


Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Joshua and wife, Sylvia, Alison and fiancé, Michael, Zachary, Jessica and husband Michael, Rachel, Jamie and husband, Zach, Lindsay and husband, Scott, Matthew, Sarah, Jeffrey, Robert, Alexander, Anne, and Elizabeth. Eileen is also survived by her great granddaughter, Eleanor, and her great grandson, Joseph, who she took special pride in him being named  after the love of her life, Joe. 


Funeral services will be graveside at the Dalton Jewish Cemetery, Sunday at 1 p.m. by Rabbi Dovid Saks.


Shiva will be held at the family home, 1740 Ariel Street, Scranton, on Sunday from 7-9 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.; and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.


Memorial donations may be made to the M.L. Hodin Scholar in Residence Fund, c/o Temple Israel of Scranton, 918 E. Gibson Street, Scranton, 18510.






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Jack and Carol Roland
Posts: 3
Loss of a remarkable lady
Reply #3 on : Sun January 15, 2017, 20:51:02
To Eileen's children, Jack and I are so very sorry for your loss. We both had a lot more contact with your Dad whom we adored, but many times when I worked in Meadow Ave I used to see your Mom on at least a weekly basis. She was always beautiful and kind and dressed to the hilt. I saw them both at the airport when your Uncle Jack was in the hospital with a brain tumor. We had a wonderful visit. Jack is an invalid now and incapable of leaving home but he said to make sure you all know how sorry he is for your loss.
Nell O'Boyle
Posts: 3
My condolences
Reply #2 on : Sun January 08, 2017, 12:27:56
What a beautiful woman and what a beautiful life she lead. Although I only had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Hodin a few times, her home is a very evident tribute to the family she raised and served. My condolences to the family.
Lisa and Mark Golden
Posts: 3
Eileen Hodin
Reply #1 on : Sun January 08, 2017, 08:04:22
Our condolences on the passing of your mother. I am unable to get to shiva because of recent surgery, but please know I am thinking of you and your family.