James D. Obidinski, 62, of Taylor, died Thursday, August 15, at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He is survived by his wife Maria A. Farias. Born in Waterloo, Iowa on January 15, 1957, he is the son of Dorothy Pries Obidinski, of Scranton and the late John E. Obidinski. James graduated from Riverside high school in 1974, and went on to earn his Associate’s degree from McCann School of Business and Technology. He worked as a laborer at McKinney for many years until his retirement.
James was a devoted husband to his wife Maria, and together they celebrated 9 wonderful years of marriage. He was a big sports fan, always cheering on his favorite football teams, the New York Giants. James took his love of sports into the community, where he served as an outstanding coach for Taylor Little League and softball, teaching kids how to play as a team.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jamie Obidinski, and fiancé Lyndsay Hall, of Taylor; two daughters, Jennifer Esterline and husband, Kenneth, of Blakely; and Katie Bullock and husband Jay, of Hawley; a sister, June Dutka and husband John, of Clarks Summit; two grandchildren, Taylor Proch, and Hailey Esterline; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend James’s funeral, which will begin on Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00 am from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor, by Rev. James P. Whitman, officiating. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends and family may call Monday, August 19 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor Primitive Methodist Church, 153 S. Keyser Ave. Taylor, 18517.