March 1, 1997
John "Teeler" Jabbo
John "Teeler" Jabbo, 76, a Coaldale native and former star athlete in that community, died Friday in Ashland Regional Medical Center, Ashland. He was the husband of Anne (Luta) Jabbo. At the time of his death they resided at 228 W. Mount Vernon St., Shenandoah.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Michael and Tillie Jabbo.
In 1941 he graduated from the former Coaldale High School after earning a reputation as one of the fastest athletes ever to emerge from the Coal Regions.
"Teeler" played football his last three years in high school under the late Coach Tom "Doc" Raymer where his forte was open-field running.
His greatest athletic triumph, however, may have come in track and field competition.
He was unbeatable int he 100-yard dash on a team regarded as one of the best in the area.
He held the District XI 100-yard dash mark for more than 25 years with a time of 10.1 seconds. He was also a member of some record-breaking relay teams at Coaldale.
Following graduation, "Teeler" entered the military as a Coast guardsman, serving from 1942-1946. He later worked for the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co. until it ceased operations. During this time he became affiliated with the Lansford Blue Devils, a semi-professional football team. He later worked road construction before securing wmployment with the Silberline Manufacturing Co. He retired in 1983.
He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Coaldale, and was a 50-year member of the Coaldale Volunteer Fire Co.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and this year he was a candidate to be inducted into the Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Surviving with his widow are two sisters, Rose Stricek and Mildred Barrett, both of Coaldale. Also, nieces and nephews.
The Oravitz Home For Funerals, Inc., Shenandoah, is in charge of arrangements.
John G. Sarge