Joseph “Joey” Sobetski


Joseph “Joey” Sobetski

June 13, 1963 – August 2, 2023

Joey was born on June 13, 1963, and was a bundle of joy and a blessing to the Sobetski family since that day. Joey passed away on August 2, 2023, at the age of 60 years old. Joey was fun-loving, had a charming personality, as well as a million-dollar smile that would make your heart melt.

He is preceded by grandparents, Joseph and Kathryne Meschede, John and Leocadia Sobetski, and Great Aunt Virginia Maxwell.

Joey is survived and will be deeply missed by his parents, Frank and Jodene Sobetski Sr.; siblings, Frank Sobetski Jr (Laurie), Jodie Sobetski Hofmaier (Dale), and Maureen Sobetski McCormick (Mike); nephews and niece, Adam, Grant and Aaron Sobetski, Nick and Alex Hofmaier, and Trey and Maysa McCormick.

His life was extraordinary and full of spirited events, which included Bell Choir, Spirit Matters, attending Creighton basketball games with his parents, fishing with his dad, brother and nephews and niece, and faithfully walking his dog, Droopy, around the neighborhood. He loved travelling with his parents on yearly vacations in the United States, Canada, as well as a special trip to Germany visiting his relatives, where he touched their hearts deeply.

Joey attended Madonna School and graduated at the age of 21. After his graduation he worked at John Day, Bergan Mercy Hospital and Madonna Workshop.

He was very active and participated in the Special Olympics for many years and won numerous swimming medals. Joey bowled every Saturday morning in a league for 10 years with his mother. He played on the “Mama’s Boys” rec softball team and played pool weekly with his cousins at Big John’s Pool Hall, where they turned a blind eye to let him move the cue ball for a better shot. Joey was always treated as “one of the guys”.

Joey’s love for music included Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Alabama.

The Sobetski family would like to especially thank the compassionate staff at St. Joseph Villa for their extraordinary love and attention they gave him in the last 2 years.

Private family services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Madonna School and Community Services, 6402 N 71st St, Omaha, NE 68104.


  • Sara Posted August 4, 2023 5:49 pm

    What a beautiful tribute! You all cared deeply for Joe and showered him with love throughout his life, that shows in that wonderful smile. He will be deeply missed. Jodie you and and your entire family have my deepest sympatheties. May flights of angels bring him home.
    Sara, one of the Marian girls

  • Rhyne Bell-Mull Posted August 5, 2023 8:53 am

    There is so much love in this tribute! Joey was a beacon and a glorious example of how we all should treat each other. He is being rewarded for the joy he brought with every word and action with endless and radiant love (and a few games of pool and bowling) Go with God, Joey. Much love to the Sobetski family.

  • Mary Murnan Posted August 5, 2023 1:33 pm

    Those words are written for an Angel which Joe certainly is. Prayers for Joseph & his entire family.

  • Brenda Tylkowski Posted August 5, 2023 1:50 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers to the entire family on the loss of your sweet Joey! May the perpetual light shine upon him!

  • Sebastian Hirthe Posted August 6, 2023 2:10 am

    Dear Joey,
    I am very saddened by the news of your death. It was an honor to meet you and spend time with you. I have fond memories of the time I was able to spend with you and your family in Omaha. I always look back fondly on that time. Think of a Blizzard in April and playing with your dog Droopy, billiard matches and fishing trips. It was a great time with you,
    You were a great person.
    Be well wherever you are now, You will always live on in our hearts.
    Your friend Sebastian from Germany and everyone from the Hirthe family

  • Cheryl Walker Posted August 6, 2023 7:00 am

    Such a beautiful tribute to Joey. He was truly a special young man who brought joy to so many. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary (McMahon) MacMillan Posted August 6, 2023 12:04 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of Joey’s passing. I know my brother Dan spoke of him fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mary (McMahon) and Jim MacMillan

  • Linda Tegeder Posted August 6, 2023 9:01 pm

    Dear Sobetski family. What a great a heartfelt tribute to Joey. We so enjoyed the years he bowled on Saturdays and Spirit Matters. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed a good time. Know that God has welcomed another one of his “special” angels, and may you find peace in God’s love” Linda & Steve

  • Grace Davis Posted August 7, 2023 7:00 am

    Sending prayers for your family. Jodie has told me so many stories about Joe!

  • Dale W Widhalm Posted August 7, 2023 7:07 am

    , Dear Sobetski family. love and prayers to the entire family on the loss of your sweet Joey! May the perpetual light shine upon him

  • Ruth Ploof Posted August 9, 2023 8:26 am

    Heartfelt sympathy to Joey’s family who loved him so well and felt blessed by his smile. May his smile live on in your hearts and bring you peace.

  • LuAnn L Knobbe Posted August 11, 2023 8:58 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family in regards to the loss of Joey.

  • Stephen J Safranek Posted August 30, 2023 4:54 pm

    A wonderful tribute. I remember his joy. May he rest in peace. My sincere condolences.

  • john paul safranek Posted August 30, 2023 6:17 pm

    You all are to be commended for the great love and dignity shown to Joey over the years. May God bless you for all of your love, compassion and care. And may Joey rest in peace with all the saints forever. We will keep all of you and Joey’s soul in our prayers.

  • FR. Bill Safranek Posted September 4, 2023 11:31 am


    Thank God for the light he brought into your life. And helped you look at life differently. May he be singing with all the saints in freedom in heaven.

    Fr. Bill

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