In Loving Memory of Eileen Hodin
Eileen HodinScranton, PA September 10, 1929 ~ January 6, 2017 Date of Service: January 8, 2017
Eileen Hodin, 87, of Scranton passed away on Friday at her home. Her beloved husband of 64 years, the late Joseph Hodin, owner of Giant Markets, died in 2014. Eileen is survived by 5 children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren to whom she dedicated her soul and spirit, teaching them about life, love and values and leaving a proud legacy that will carry for generations.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Marian and Jules Schochet and had a younger sister, the late Rosalie Schochet. Eileen spent her formative years in Binghamton, NY, where she met her husband Joseph before moving to Scranton in 1950. Eileen made it her lifetime devotion to raise her family , which she did masterfully. She was the matriarch of the Hodin household, living each day to the fullest with her husband Joe and five children, dedicating herself to their education and citizenship. But, she also took great joy in bringing the family together for special celebrations and holiday dinners. Eileen was also ahead of her time, operating “behind the scenes” as the indispensable partner to her husband Joe during the sixties and early seventies when the Hodins were growing the Giant Market business to 24 stores across Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Catskills. While Joe ran the business with his brothers Jack and Bill and their father M.L., Eileen was quietly but effectively, efficiently and brilliantly playing an instrumental role in the design, decoration, and branding of the stores.
With Joe and her five children, Eileen was a member of Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center and, as in matters of the Giant Market business, was also an invaluable force behind the family’s leadership involvement in the community. From Audubon to Central High School, Temple Israel Hebrew School to the Jewish Community Center athletics, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Eileen Hodin had a great impact on the community and helped create a legacy that reaches far and wide.
Surviving are her five children, Michael and wife, Nancy, Daniel and wife, Cathy, Susan and husband, Scott, Richard and wife, Laura, Barbara and husband, Elliot.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Joshua and wife, Sylvia, Alison and fiancé, Michael, Zachary, Jessica and husband Michael, Rachel, Jamie and husband, Zach, Lindsay and husband, Scott, Matthew, Sarah, Jeffrey, Robert, Alexander, Anne, and Elizabeth. Eileen is also survived by her great granddaughter, Eleanor, and her great grandson, Joseph, who she took special pride in him being named after the love of her life, Joe.
Funeral services will be graveside at the Dalton Jewish Cemetery, Sunday at 1 p.m. by Rabbi Dovid Saks.
Shiva will be held at the family home, 1740 Ariel Street, Scranton, on Sunday from 7-9 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.; and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the M.L. Hodin Scholar in Residence Fund, c/o Temple Israel of Scranton, 918 E. Gibson Street, Scranton, 18510.