Deacon Alex Kobar, among first in diocese, dies at 93

Deacon Alex Kobar, one of the original deacons in the Diocese of Tyler, died on Sunday. He was 93.

Deacon Kobar was born April 25, 1923, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Throop High School in 1940 and attended night school before going to Newark, N.J. to work at Breeze Aircraft.

In 1942 he joined the U. S. Navy. After serving as an instructor in the low pressure chamber for pilots and air crew for two years, he was transferred to the Base 8 Hospital at Pearl Harbor where he served as pharmacist mate and ministered to the wounded as they were brought in from battles in the Pacific during the Second World War.

On May 25, 1946, he married Johnye Vineyard in Palestine, Texas. That same year, he took an advertising position at the Palestine Herald and served as advertising manager for over thirty years. He was a member of the Texas Daily Newspaper Advertising Manager Association and remained with the newspaper, serving in other capacities, until he retired with fifty years of service in 1996.

He was ordained a permanent deacon on May 5, 1984, at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Spring, Texas, by Bishop John Markovsky of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. He served at Sacred Heart Parish in Palestine for the entirety of his ministry. When the Diocese of Tyler was formed by Pope St. John Paul II in 1986, partially from territory of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, including Palestine, Deacon Kobar was incardinated into the new diocese.

Visitation will be Tuesday (Aug. 2) at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine from 6 to 7 p.m., and the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Rajaian Mathias, MSFS, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palestine on Wednesday at 2 p.m., with burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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