Dr. Eugene M. Socha, 88, a longtime Amherst physician, ended his life journey at Community Health Partners, Lorain, on Saturday, March 8, 2008.
He was born Dec. 10, 1919, the son of Michael and Stephania (Wszolak) Socha in Cleveland. Dr. Socha was raised in Lorain and while living there was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1938B. Following high school he enrolled at Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, where his education was interupted by his entry into the U.S. Army in April 1941. He served with the 145th Infantry 37th Division in the Asiatic Pacific Theater as an infantry unit commander. He was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among many other service medals. He graduated from Marquette University Medical School, Wisconsin, in 1951. He completed an army medical internship at Perry Jones Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich.
He married Marie L. Meyer, June 10, 1950.
Dr. Socha assumed the general medical practice of Dr. McQueen, an Amhert physician, in 1951, and continued until his retirement in 1987. He also administered anesthesia at the former St. Joseph Hospital, Lorain, and Amherst Hospital until 1987.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst, where he was also a member of the church's Catholic Golden Agers and Knights of Columbus Council 4891. His other memberships include: American Medical Association; Lorain Medical Association; Amherst Noon Day Club; Amherst Historical Society; Lorain Senior Fellowship; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Polish American Citizens Club; and Elks B.P.O. Lodge 1301 of Lorain.
He enjoyed attending weekly meetings of the many organizations to which he belonged, visiting friends, playing his ukelele, "bawdy ballads by a balding balladier" on the piano, gardening and "teaching" people to play cards.
Survivors include four sons, Daniel M. (Anita) Socha of Oberlin, and Richard E. Socha, Thomas J. Socha and David E. (Gloria Jean) Socha, all of Amherst; two daughters, Jean Marie (James) Korona of Canton, Mich., and Dr. Marianne Socha of Huron; 11 grandchildren, Nicole (Ian) McCabe, Megan, Dennis, Audrey, David and Michael Socha and James, Natalie, Matthew, Michael and Patrick Korona; a great-granddaughter, Mikayla McCabe; a sister, Molly Kman of Hinckley, Ohio; a brother, Jerome Socha of Lorain; daughter-in-law, Diane Socha of Amherst; and many neices, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Marie L. (Meyer) in 1995; and brothers, Edward, Michael, Adam and Daniel "Don" Socha.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Lawrence N. Martello and the Rev. J. Mark Hobson concelebrating. Burial, with military rites conducted by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard, will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Amherst.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst, OH 44001 or Back to The Wild, 4504 Bardshar Road, Castalia, OH 44824.