Frank M. Lombardo, 89, Monroe Twp., N.J., passed away Monday. He was the husband of the late Claire Franzo Wyllie Lombardo. He and his wife married on June 8, 1947.
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Born in Forest City, son of the late Rocco and Caterina Sanselone Lombardo, he and his wife raised their family in Lincoln Park, Pa., where he worked as both an architect and civil engineer for Gilbert Associates. Later in their lives, they moved to Westford, Mass., where he worked for FEMA as a licensed professional civil engineer, traveling the Northeast U.S., leading a team inspecting prospective nuclear fallout shelters.
He graduated from Fell Twp. High School at the top of his class, and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17, where he proudly served our country during World War II aboard the USS Skill 115. Serving as a sonar specialist, his ship was sunk on his 19th birthday, when a German torpedo split the boat in half. In the middle of the Mediterranean, he swam to safety with a broken back, broken ankle, broken collarbone and burns on 80% of his body, hanging onto the lifeboat by two fingers. After spending several months in a VA hospital, he returned to active duty until the end of the war.
After the war, he graduated from Penn State University with a degree in architectural engineering. He loved fishing, bowling, tennis and softball, and was a champion table tennis player. He became a fixture at the Westford Senior Center, and played on its traveling pool team.
Surviving are children, Andrea Kochel, Ephrata, Pa.; Michele and John Coleman, Sicklerville, N.J.; Francis and Karen Lombardo, Houston, Texas; Maryanne and Kevin Yohe, Manchester, N.H.; and Dave and Cathy Lombardo, Kendall Park, N.J.; a brother, Lou and wife, Evelyn Lombardo; three sisters, Frances Baileys, Josephine and husband, Bernard Lapera; and Agnes and husband, Walt Ziemba; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Nick and Michael Lombardo.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 2 Hospital St., Carbondale, with Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale. Interment will be at a later date.
Friends may call Saturday from 9 until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, take your family out to a nice dinner.
Lawrence A Gabriel Funeral Home
2 Hospital Street Carbondale, PA 18407
Published in Scranton Times on June 27, 2014