In Remembrance of Joseph S. Hodin

Joseph S. Hodin

Joseph S. Hodin

Scranton, PA July 27, 1922 ~ May 2, 2014 Date of Service: May 4, 2014

Joseph S. Hodin, Scranton, died early Friday at home.  He and his wife, the former Eileen Schocket, were married for 64 beautiful years.


Born in Archbald, son of the late M.L. and Bertha Eber Hodin, Joe was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Penn State University.  His undergraduate college education was interrupted by World War II.  He enlisted in 1942 and served two years overseas with the Third Infantry Division in Italy, France, Germany and Austria.  He was twice wounded at Anzio and in France, for which he received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.  He was also decorated with a Silver Star, the third highest honor bestowed by the United States Government for gallantry in action.


After the end of WWII, Joe resumed his education at Penn State, where he received a B.A. degree and thereafter, received his law degree from Dickinson Law School.  He practiced law in Binghamton, New York, where he met his beloved wife, Eileen.  He also practiced law in Pennsylvania and was a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Bar Association as well as the New York Bar Association.  He returned to Scranton to work in the family business as President of Giant Markets and built it for five decades, contributing to the economic growth and vitality of Scranton and Lackawanna County during that era.


Joe served as an officer and led many civic and Jewish organizations over the years.  He was Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Community Center, President of the Scranton-Lackawanna Jewish Federation, Secretary of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, and Commander of the Jewish War Veterans.  He was awarded “Man of the Year” from B’nai Brith.  Joe was an accomplished musician which included playing violin in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Philharmonic.


Joe also served as a Board of Director at Penn State Worthington-Scranton campus and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Board of Director of the Boys Club of America, Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels, University of Scranton Board of Trustees, Temple Israel, and the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. 


Joseph and his wife, Eileen, have five children: Michael W. Hodin and wife, Nancy, New York City; Attorney Daniel P. Hodin and wife, Cathy, Washington, D.C.; Susan Hodin Herlands, Founder and President of My Mother’s Delicacies, Inc. and husband, Attorney Scott A. Herlands, Clarks Summit; Dr. Richard A. Hodin and wife, Laura, Boston, Massachusetts; and Barbara Hodin Cooperstone and husband, Elliot, Westport, Connecticut.  “Joey” has fourteen grandchildren: Attorney Joshua and wife, Attorney Sylvia, Attorney Alison and Attorney Zachary Herlands; Jessica, Rachel, Jamie, Lindsay, Matthew, Sarah, Jeffrey, and Robert Hodin; Alex, Annie and Lizzie Cooperstone; and first great-grandchild, precious Ella Herlands; and a brother, Dr. Earl Hodin.


He is preceded in death by his brothers William and Jack Hodin. 


Special thanks to our friend and caregiver, Danielle Pompeii, for the comfort she provided to Joe and the family.


The funeral will be Sunday with services at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Temple Israel, 918 E. Gibson Street, Scranton, by Rabbi Moshe Saks, Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus, and Cantor Vladimir Aronzon.  Friends may call at the Temple from 1 p.m. until the time of service.  The Jewish War Veterans will have a service immediately preceding the funeral. Interment to follow in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery.


Friends will be received during shiva at the family residence at 1740 Ariel Street in Scranton Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m., and Monday through Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


Memorial contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to M.L. Hodin Scholar-in-Residence Fund, c/o Temple Israel, 918 East Gibson Street, Scranton, PA 18510.


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John Endler
Posts: 8
Mr. Hodin
Reply #5 on : Wed May 21, 2014, 00:25:48
Just found out,was my boss at Giant Markets. Would liked to see him one last time. See him in the supermarket in the sky!
Jack and Carol Roland
Posts: 8
Joseph Hodin-Giant Markets
Reply #4 on : Sat May 03, 2014, 18:04:41
To all of Mr.Hodin's family, we are both deeply saddened by the loss of such a remarkable gentleman.We both worked for him for a long time and he and Jack thought quite highly of one another.An auto accident and severe injury to Jack's back prevents him from attending any of the services but please know that he wishes with all of his heart that he could be there. Mr. Hodin will always be remembered in our hearts. God bless him.
Joseph Hodin
Posts: 8
Your dad
Reply #3 on : Sat May 03, 2014, 16:37:39
Hi Richie.
I happened to be at my parents house today when they showed me your fathers obituary in the paper. I don't know if I ever met your Dad but my father told me he used to play handball with him and he was a great guy.
Sorry for your loss.....
Annie Fierman (Witkowski)
Bridie Thomas
Posts: 8
Re: In Remembrance of Joseph S. Hodin
Reply #2 on : Sat May 03, 2014, 07:36:17
Mrs. Hodin, Susie, and Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Hodin when I worked at My Mother's Delicacies 20 years ago. I looked forward to seeing Mr. Hodin's pleasant face when he visited the cafe to get his morning pastry. Mr. Hodin was top notch as a business man, and as a family man. May his memory be a blessing to you.
Debra Ventimiglia
Posts: 8
Re: In Remembrance of Joseph S. Hodin
Reply #1 on : Sat May 03, 2014, 07:10:44
My deepest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Hodin. He was my employer for 18 years. My father Thomas, mother Helene, and brother Bernard also worked for the great Giant Mkt. The years spent there were the best times of my life. Happy trails Mr. Hodin, you were a great teacher and boss.