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James Slabonik

James J. "Jim" Slabonik Jr.

Sunday, October 17th, 1954 - Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Obituary

ATTENTION: DATE CHANGE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.

James J. “Jim” Slabonik Jr., 65, of Mertztown, and formerly of Boyertown, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 24, 2020. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Knecht) Slabonik, with whom he shared thirty-nine years of marriage.

Born in Harrisburg, he was the oldest of five children born to the late James J. Sr. and Mary E. (Bair) Slabonik. He became a man at a young age and cleared the path for all of his family to walk through when there was no trail. He led by example and was a man of action.

Jim was a 1972 graduate of the Milton Hershey School where he excelled in football, wrestling and track and field. Off the field, he was a mentor and leader to his brothers at MHS.

A talented carpenter, Jim owned and operated along with son Joe, Hometown Carpentry Inc. before recently retiring. Together they restored many historic barns in the Oley Valley.

Jim volunteered his time in the Boyertown community for many years as a wrestling coach with the Boyertown Youth Wrestling Club. In his free time, he spent many a day out on the golf course with his friends and in his younger days he was an avid ski bum. He was a long time member of the East Coast Gold Cup. He enjoyed travelling and sightseeing the country with his wife. He loved being a “Pop Pop” and spoke often of all of his grandchildren. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Joseph R., husband of Schenley Slabonik; Kristina M., wife of Jordan Smith; and Peter J. Slabonik; grandchildren: Mason Slabonik, Oseary Smith, Everly Slabonik and Orion Smith; siblings: Richard, Cheryl, Michael and Steven Slabonik and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the Purcell Friendship Hall at the Milton Hershey School, 109 McCorkel Road, Hershey, PA 17033 on Sunday, May 10, 2020 from 1-4 PM. A time of sharing will be at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boyertown Area Wrestling Assoc., PO Box 362, Boyertown, PA 19512, the proceeds of which will be used to create a senior scholarship. Online condolences may be offered at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home of East Greenville, PA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 10th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, May 10th, 2020 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Purcell Friendship Hall of Milton Hershey School
    Address
    109 McCorkel Road
    HERSHEY, PA 17033
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, May 10th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Sunday, May 10th, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Purcell Friendship Hall of Milton Hershey School
    Address
    109 McCorkel Road
    HERSHEY, PA 17033
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Donations are being accepted for: Boyertown Area Wrestling Association.

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Dean and Lauren Scholl

Posted at 09:26pm
Beth, Joe, Kristina, Pete and family
We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Such a great guy we were blessed to know. Our thoughts and prayers to each of you.
Dean and Lauren Scholl

Mary Ondish

Posted at 11:05am
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Try to find peace in knowing Jim will always be with you In your memories and thoughts.
Love, Mary Rose and Tom Ondish
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Mark and Tracey Sabol

Posted at 04:49pm

Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved.
I did not know Jim very long, but I got to know him better once he started to build his home across the street. What I remember most is what a hard worker he was, even with his chronic pain, he would be out cutting trees, moving stones and driving his Bobcat around like it was some kind of four wheeler, bouncing all over the place, it would make me so nervous to watch him. He would always stop by and strike up conversation with you if he saw you outside. He was kind and personable and you knew that he was a good man, good husband and father. I am blessed to have known him at all.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Rick Stans

Posted at 11:00am
Offering my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Slabonik family! Looking back I recall so many great things about Jim. I knew his Mom and sister Cheryl to be wonderful and kind hearted people! I’m sure Jim was the Patriarch of the Slabonik clan as he was a true Champion in life and surely a rock solid pillar. Rest on Slab!
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Bill carr

Posted at 09:47am
Living next door to Jim and Beth for 20 years or better was like being part of there family. There is a path from there house to ours that we could go back and forth on to visit but our dogs there's Tahoe and ours Sadie and Arlo would use it the most. Tahoe would come over and dump in front of our deck and in turn Sadie and Arlo would go over many mornings and up the steps to there front door they would go. OH! did I mention it was between 5:30- 6 am wake up guys were here! Many a day Jim would come over walking in the beginning then on the tractor and sit on the back deck and we would chat about everything from work to our sons who were following in our footsteps to Pete and Krissy who he would brag about how well they were doing in life and of course Beth the love of his life. He would also as anyone that knew him talk about politics where we were lock step in tune. I think now he would want me to say go Trump. going to many a party at there house and meeting family and friends was always a great time. the times with the Beatles outstanding. Meeting his friend { not mentioning a name but we had a lot in common ha!} outstanding. I could go on but Jim was a special man not found much anymore and those that knew him know why. if ya go to heaven what a smiling first face to see waiting for ya with a glass of scotch. RIP Neighbor Dude
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