Joseph P. Gollobit

Joseph P. Gollobit

June 19, 1936 – July 30, 2022

Born on the farm in Manila Iowa, Joe grew up farming with 4 brothers, 5 sisters and his mother. His father had passed when he was 4 years old. Following high school graduation Joe enrolled in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He continued service with the reserves until 1962. Joe married Margaret and began a career at Western Electric all with in a week in 1960. Together they raised a family: Deborah, Gwendolyn, Julia and Paul. At his time of death he had 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Never a man to be idle he worked part time jobs in addition to Western Electric. He started a bicycle business with Margaret, which eventually grew to become J & M Toys, specializing in toy tractors, which allowed him to meet many folks and keep his farm roots close at heart. In retirement, he and Margaret visited many U.S. and international destinations. Recently, his health prevented travel but Joe continued to enjoy visits and reminiscing with family and friends. He was always steadfast in faith and family and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jean; daughters: Dobroah Ann (Eric) Buske, Gwendolyn Marie (Doug) Kinen, Julia Lynn Gollobit; son, Paul Bryan (Roberta) Gollobit; eleven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Schoeppner, Imelda Ward; brothers, John (Corrine) Gollobit, Thomas (Trudy) Gollobit.

VISITATION: Wednesday, 5-7pm, with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE, West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, August 4, 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. Interment at a later date at Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Father Donald Shane Education Endowment or Madonna School.

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1 Condolence

  • Mary Ward Larsen Posted August 2, 2022 11:37 pm

    What a loss for us all and a gain for heaven, Joe will no doubt add more joy there! I am so grateful to have had some time with him these past few years on my visits back to Omaha. He certainly knows how to make a room fill with joy and smiles.
    My vivid memories are steadfast and I send hugs and LOVE to the Gollobit family, he was truly one of a kind.
    Mary ♥️

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