Services: Relatives and friends are invited and may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, 470 French Rd., Utica. The Prayer of Incense will be offered at the funeral home on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home and 11:30 a.m. from St. Louis Gonzaga Church where the Divine Liturgy of the Faithful Departed will be celebrated by Msgr. John Faris.
Matthew J. Hobika, 45, of Rochester, NY passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2009 at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Matthew was born on July 16, 1964 in Utica the son of Madeline (Zogby) and Joseph H. Hobika, Sr. He graduated from UFA in 1982 and received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia. Matthew resided in Boston for several years where he was employed with various brokerage firms. He was currently self employed as a broker in Rochester. Matthew was a former member of the Yahnundasis Golf Club, the Leatherstocking Golf Club and various professional investment associations.
Always on the go, Matthew had a high-spirited zest for life. He lived life fully and always found time to help those in need. He touched many lives in his short life and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his parents, Joseph and Madeline Hobika, Utica; devoted fiancée, Cathy Swanberry, Rochester; beloved children, Ellie and Graham Hobika, Boston; brothers and sisters, Joseph Hobika, Jr. and his wife, Gina, Utica, Andrew Hobika and his wife, Jacqueline, Utica, Lucia and her husband, Dr. Clifford Soults, Clinton, Shelley and her husband, Matthew Cannuli, Fairport, Meredith and her husband, Stephen Roefaro, Utica and Luke Hobika and his wife, Monica, Syracuse and fourteen nieces and nephews.
In lieu of floral offerings, please consider a donation to the Hobika Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Messages of Sympathy
My sincere condolences to the entire Hobika family, past and present, and to Graham Jumper & Ellie. I found out about Matt''s passing the summer of ''10 from Tommy Loucas. I was absolutely shocked and saddened but know he will be looked after in his next journey. I knew Matt to be a generous, fun-loving person who enjoyed his family, friends, and athletics and I will miss his jokes and friendship.
I was searching for Matt on Google and I read the very sad news. Im so sorry for his entire family. I have a 5 year old son starting K and my memory was jogged of Matthew. We were in all county quoir together when I was at Mary Street School in Utica. Matthew always teased me and I had a huge crush on him! I never forgot him and my son just made me think of my youth. He was a doll way back when we were 5 and 6! My heart goes out to his family.
Dear Joe and Madeline and Family,
We heard from the Stehles about Matthew. We remember him as a baby. We are so sorry. Tom and Carol
Posted by: Carol and Tom Kent | Email: email@example.com | Sunday, September 13, 2009
I was very shocked to know about Matt''s passing, and wanted to send his family my sympathy and prayers. I worked for Matt taking care of his kids in 2000-2001, and remembered how good was to be with them, and how good he always treated me. Send the kids my love and hug. I will be praying for him.
Andrea, the nanny, from Brazil.
To the Hobika Family -
I am so sorry to hear of Matt''s passing. I worked for Matt many years ago. I echo these notes as I recall Matt as a funny, generous and warm human being. My hear goes out to all of you and his children. My you all lean on eachother and your faith to heal and find peace. I will keep you all and Matt in my prayers.
To the Hobika Families: On behalf of the Oneida County Bar Association I extend our deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. It is my hope that God and the memories you have with Matt will help to strengthen you all. A part of him will remain alive in all of you.
Matt always had a kind word and a winning smile for all of us at The Church of the Transfiguration. We will miss his presence at Mass, the kind manner in which he performed the readings, and his good humor at our Thursday morning breakfasts. Rest in peace Matt. God is glad to have you home.
Dear Joe-Sr. and Jr, Andy, Shelley, Mrs. HobikA.......
Sorry I never went to St. Louis Gonzaga this morning -I just got the news.
I hope I don’t say they wrong thing but I had many deaths in my family-Including my sister Mary-19 Wilson''s disease. The church teaches-''life is changed not ended". Jesus is the resurrection-you will see your brother soon, he sees you now and is more alive than we are. I''m not preaching, I''m just a sinner in the same boat. But I Believe God is kind and Merciful.
I used to teach with parishioner-Mary Sue Salami-and went to see the Pope last year with Deacon Paul, and Fr. Bass am. I''M SURE THEIR PRAYERS ARE SHOOTING MATTS SOUL LIKE AN ARROW INTO HEAVEN-HOLY PEOPLE.
I always remember Matt as a great athlete. And very intelligent, handsome and great person.
Shelley I remember Jones school and doing "singing in the rain" with you, I still remember the words.
God Bless-May the good saints and Angels bring Matt to his mansion in heaven, where he is praying for his family and children.
God is LOVE, MERCY,
'' GOD SAW HIM TIRED, AND A CURE WAS NOT TO BE, SO HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND HIM AND WHISPERED COME TO ME. WITH TEARFUL EYES YOU WATCHED HIM PASS AWAY. ALTHOUGH YOU LOVED HIM DEARLY, YOU COULD NOT MAKE HIM STAY.
A GOLDEN HEART STOPPED BEATING. HARD WORKING HANDS AT REST. GOD BROKE YOUR HEARTS TO PROVE THAT HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST.
“UNTIL YOU MEET HIM AGAIN, MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND."
ST. MARON PRAYS FOR HIM. OUR LADY OF LEBANON PRAYS FOR HIM, MARY QUEEN OF PEACE PRAY FOR HIM.
MIKE PATTERSON-IN MEMORY OF MATT HOBIKA-GOD''S PEACE, MERCY
Matt Hobika was definitely a one in a million person with a one in a million personality. I knew him from when we were kids and met him once many years ago as an adult and he seemed to be the same good guy as when he was a kid. I would also like to pass on a thank you to the Hobika family for being so gracious to my brother and his family the other day. He could not say enough about how nice and welcoming the entire family was towards him. Thank you and I send my condolences to Matt’s family and friends.
Dear M/M Joe & Madeline Hobika and family, My sympathy and prayers to you all for this shocking death of Matt. All my memories of him come from his childhood home on the corner of Sunnyside and Brighton Place. He was so cute and handsome. I am happy to hear he had such a fulfilling life. I will have a Mass for him very soon here in PA. I''m sure he will be greatly missed as a fiance'', son, father, uncle, and friend to so many.
Peace & Prayers in Christ Jesus.
Posted by: Fr. Alfred Patterson, OSB | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Monday, July 20, 2009
We are truely sorry to hear about the passing of your brother Matt.My family and myself have been praying for you since we heard the news of his passing.We are strong believers in the power of God and do believe that he will be with you in your time of need.We know what it is like to lose a sibling so we will continue to pray God''s blessings upon the Hobika family,may he bless you,help you and keep you.
Dear Joe, Madeline and family:
Sam and I were deeply saddened when we heard the tragic news of your son''s passing.Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Although we didn''t know matthew personally, as parents we share your pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Our deepest sympathies and prayers to your family. We saw Matt at Transfiguration Church weekly where we would catch up on Utica and family news. Matt shared his SU basketball floor seats with our son and it was an experience he will always treasure.
We will miss his smile and generous spirit.
Posted by: Fred and Carol Harrington | Email: Dillonlux@aol.com | Sunday, July 19, 2009
I''ve known Matt for about three years through our Men''s Fellowship and Day of Reflection. His strength, drive and faith were always apparent. We had a few conversations and I was always impressed by his love for God and family.
Matt, we will miss your happy smile and strong handshake. I know you will be blessed with peace now.
Saddened by the loss of an old friend at an early age. Some people have the ability to make you smile no matter the circumstances and Matt was one of those people. God choose and interesting day to take you back..your birthday. At least I know god is smiling today...You will be missed.
I am shocked and saddened by the news about Matt Hobika passing away on his 45th birthday Thursday. I would never have thought that that the last time I saw Matt at the UFA class of 1982 reunion at the Radisson would have been the last. My heart goes out to all of Matt’s family especially his children and all of those close to him who were fortunate to have him part of their lives. Matthew J. Hobika, July 16, 1964 - July 16, 2009.
Madeline and Joe and and all of Matt''s siblings and extended family, rejoice and thank Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior for the time that you shared with Matt over his brief life and don''t hesitate to chuckle at those humorous situations he seemed to often bring about.
So sorry for your loss.
An ironic and tragic turn of events. Not a year ago he held vigil with us at the bed side of another dear relative. His words of support at that time will never be forgotten. May we all find comfort in the memories of his love and compassion he showed to those he loved most dearly in their time of need.
We said a prayer for Matt on Thursday night and our family will continue to keep the Hobika family and Matt''s children in our prayers as we ask for understanding and acceptance.
I have tremendously vivid memories of Matt throughout our lives, going back to first grade when he was routinely asked by Mrs Zoeckler, our teacher, to help her unlock the stuck drawer to her center desk. Don''t know why this is such a strong memory, but I can still hear him jiggle it back and forth and being the only one that could open it!
At UFA (High School), the only basket I scored in my limited career was off an assist from Matt at half court. I recall seeing his smiling face as he hit me with a chest past and I put away my first (and only) basket.
I''m very conforted to have recalled a conversation we had at the last reunion and the pride Matt felt at his connection with the church. I have no doubt he''s happily rejoicing in all of heaven''s glory
Rest now in Peace, Matt. You''ll always be remembered and greatly missed.
Posted by: John and Diann LoGuidice | Email: email@example.com | Saturday, July 18, 2009
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