Alexander L. Bomber, 88, of Seminary Road, Hanover Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
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He was born in Wilkes- Barre Township, the son of the late Hypolit and Caroline (Kolbicka) Pinkowski Bomber. He was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School and lived most of his life in Hanover Township. He also attained various certifications in several technical disciplines.
He was proud to serve our nation as a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, on board the USS Pasadena in the South Pacific, including the war campaigns in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was the recipient of the following medals: the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Victory Medal World War II, the American Area Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Alex was employed as a machinist by Sandvik Steel, Mountain Top, for 15 years and, most recently, he was employed as an electronics technician by Tobyhanna Army Depot, retiring in December 1987.
He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Hanover Township. He was an active member and served as treasurer for the USS Pasadena Reunion Committee. He was a former member of St. Mary's of the Maternity Church, Wilkes-Barre, and of the Holy Name Society for over 20 years. He was also an active participant in the former St. Aloysius Bazaar, devoting much of his time and effort.
Alex was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time gardening in his backyard. The thing he most enjoyed was spending time with his family. He was especially fond of family vacations when the family was all together.
Preceding him in death were his brothers, Chester, Joseph, Edmund and John, and sisters, Emma and Irene.
Surviving are his best friend and love of his life, his wife of 63 years, the former Mary Stashik, at home; daughters, Marianne Cooke and her husband, Steven, Philadelphia; and Annette Bernstein and her husband, Steven, Lansdale; son, Mark Bomber and his wife, Karen, Charlotte, N.C.; five loving grandchildren, Jude, John and Deanne Cooke, who referred to him as "Ganks," and Alexa and Noah Bernstein, who referred to him as Pop Pop; and sister, Florence Shubilla, Kingston. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Military funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, West Division Street, Hanover Township, with the Rev. Thomas M. Sodano officiating.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
George A Strish Inc Funeral Home
105 N Main St Ashley, PA 18706
Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 27, 2013