John Joseph (Jack) Trabold Obituary
Jack Trabold of Lancaster, CA passed away at the age of 94 on January 13, 2024 after battling
Alzheimer’s for the past several years.
Jack was born in Rochester, New York on July 27, 1929 to Richard and Justine Trabold. He
graduated from Aquinas High school and after serving in the US Army for two years (1950 to
1952) he attended Rochester Business Institute. He received a Bachelor’s of Business
Administration degree from Saint John Fischer College in 1957. He subsequently passed the
CPA exam and began his career in public accounting at Hasken’s and Sell’s.
In 1954 he met Rita Wing at a college party. After getting her safely home during a driving
snowstorm she already felt that they would eventually marry. They tied the knot on September
8, 1956 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester, NY. Their marriage lasted 67 years until his
passing. They were blessed with five children, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The children are Stephen Trabold ( Lee, New Hampshire), Paul Trabold (Lancaster, CA), Dick
Trabold (Japan), Jim Trabold (Anchorage, AK), and Mary Trabold (Cleveland, OH).
Jack moved his family from Rochester, New York to Woodland Hills, California in 1979 due to
the relocation of the neckwear firm (Superba Cravats) that he worked for as Chief Financial
Officer. Jack retired at the age of 65 in order to spend more time with his wife and family and to
tend his beloved cactus garden. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 75 years and
volunteered his time at Saint Mel’s Parish and Saint Vincent De Paul in Woodland Hills, CA and
at Saint Serra Parish in Lancaster, CA. When Bishop Sheen was the Bishop of the Rochester
Diocese , he challenged the Knights of Columbus to help low income families. Jack along with
several others bought a house and rented it to a family at a rate that was much less than the
cost to buy and maintain the house. After several years he was the sole remaining member of
the group and he kept providing this housing up until his move to California. Besides his charity
work he loved to travel and was able to visit Ireland, Germany, Spain, Tangiers, Israel, Japan,
Mexico, Canada, Guatemala and New Zealand as well as most US States including Alaska and
He was preceded in death by his brother Robert. Surviving family members are sisters Margaret
(Peggy) Mckenna and Mary (Jane) Obuhanych. His surviving brother is Thomas Trabold.
A viewing is planned for Wednesday January 24 th from 4 to 8 PM at Haley Olsen Funeral Home
in Lancaster, CA. A rosery will be said at 6PM. The funeral will take place at 10:00 AM on
Thursday January 25 th at Saint Serra Parish in Lancaster, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Catholic Charities, an organization
felt strongly about.