The Obit For Jesse Tobias

Jessie W. Tobias

Published in the Reading Eagle on 3/31/2009

Jessie W. Tobias, 80, Sinking Spring, son of the late Anna (Starr) and Edward Tobias, died March 30, 2009, in Reading Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Santina M. (Brussellis) Tobias and children: Cynthia (Tobias) Hettinger and husband Scott Hettinger, Drums, and Peggy Ann Overholtzer, Blackwood, N.J. Jessie has four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Other survivors include two sisters, Marie, wife of Gene Kasper, Wyomissing, and Betty, wife of Harry Storch, Reading; and a brother, Robert, husband of Susan, in Arizona.

He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Tobias.

Jessie was a graduate of Reading Senior High School and attended Albright College. He was a graduate of the Industrial Management Institute of Reading.

He contributed in so many ways to his community. First, Jessie served in the Air Force and, while serving, played baseball for the Lackland Air Force Base team. Jess was one of the organizers of Wodenschiere Country Club, serving as past president. Since sports was a favorite of his, he served on the board that originated the Touchdown Club of Berks County and is a past president.

Jessie was a member of the Reading High Boosters and also served as a president of that organization. He was a member of the Reading/Berks Basketball Old-Timers. Jessie coached Little League Baseball for the Police Athletic League and Rising Sun. Presently, Jessie was a member in the UGI Senior Citizens Association.

Jesse enjoyed all his athletic endeavors. He was known as an outstanding athlete at Reading High School, playing baseball and football. He continued his football career at Albright College. Jess played on many baseball teams including the VVVs, Hillside, the Guard House, East Ends, and Charmers. A highlight of his athletics was being a member of the 1944 American Legion state championship baseball team. He continued his baseball career by playing in the New York Giants farm system. Jess played catcher and third base.

Jess worked as a salesman for Hajoca Corp. and continued in sales until he retired from Yeager Supply in 1993.

Jess was a member of Nativity Lutheran Church, Reading.

Services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading. Burial will be in Laureldale Cemetery, Friends may call Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Online condolences may be recorded at