Vladimir Hrubos, 77, of 236 E. Winter Road, Loganton, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at his son’s home in Flemington.
Born on June 17, 1940 in Hajske, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Urban) Hrubos. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margita (Capajka) Hrubos, who passed away on Dec. 12, 2014.
Vladimir and Margita were wed on May 12, 1962 and shared over 52 years of marriage together.
Coming from Czechoslovakia, Vladimir had to serve in the military. He spent 28 months serving in the Czechoslovakia Air Force. At the time, Czechoslovakia was a communist country and never being a supporter of communism, he wanted to flee his homeland to seek freedom in America. He already had relatives in the United States as well. With his wife and 5-year-old daughter, the day finally came when they immigrated to the United States, in December 1968. Ten years later they would become U.S. citizens.
Living in New York from the beginning, Vladimir held several jobs doing anything from door-to-door sales, to working in a school cafeteria, sewing machine facility and in the hydraulic department for the Armor Elevator company.
Later he would transition into housing and real estate, running apartment buildings in Long Island, N.J. and Scranton. He even became a super for a short period, running an upper east side Manhattan high rise in New York City.
Moving to Pennsylvania in 1987 he began to buy his own rental properties in Scranton. As a jack of all trades, there was nothing he could not fix.
His last occupation would come from 2001 to the time of his death as a colonic irrigation hygienist (colon therapist). He was inspired to reach out and help as many people as he could through natural alternative remedies.
He is survived by a son, Joseph (Christina) Hrubos of Flemington; a daughter, Viera Barletta of Duryea; a sister, Albina Trubacova of Sala, Slovakia; a brother, Alexander (Sano) Hrubos, of Dubnica, Slovakia; four grandchildren, Dawn, Randy, Katarina and Nicholas, and one great-grandson, Kacen.
His greatest love was being a strong, devoted family man. A man of great character, he was reliable and aided anyone in the family or friends who needed help. He was full of life, great spirited and always thinking positive.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, with Father Joseph Orr as celebrant. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton.