By CHERIL VERNON
A 90th birthday celebration for longtime deacon and hospital chaplain Alex Kobar is planned Sunday, April 21.
The reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Activity Building, located at 503 N. Queen St.
Alex has always been close to the Catholic church, even as a young boy growing up in Throop, Pennsylvania as one of 11 children born to Hungarian parents.
He served in the Navy in the 1940s. He met his future wife, Johnye, while stationed in Corpus Christi when his bunkmate asked him to go to Houston with him one weekend to see his family and they met on a double date. Still in the Navy, he was stationed in California and eventually to Honolulu, Hawaii where he remained until he was discharged in 1946. After he was out of the service, he married Johnye, on May 25, 1946, and they moved to Palestine.
On July 5, 1946, Alex started a career in newspaper advertising that would span more than 50 years, retiring from the Palestine Herald-Press in 1996.
The older he got, the deeper his commitment to the church grew. When he moved to Palestine, he started attending Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
The Kobars have remained close to their church, worshipping and volunteering with numerous groups and activities within the Catholic church.
Alex has been a deacon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 29 years. He was ordained on May 5, 1984 at Christ the King Church in Spring, Texas.
Today, he continues to serve not only his church but his community as a chaplain at Palestine Regional Medical Center. He also has been a faithful member of the Palestine Kiwanis Club for 66 years and proudly said he’s never missed a meeting.
The couple has one son, one daughter, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to stop by the birthday reception for Alex. No gifts please, just birthday cards.