Alexander "Alex" Trubela

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Jan. 19, 2013

On Jan.19, 2013, Mr. Alexander "Alex" Trubela, 90, of Wilkes-Barre, entered into Eternal Life.

He was the husband of Joan (Thomas) Trubela, his sweetheart, love and wife for more than 61 years, and would have celebrated 62 years of married life on Jan. 27.

He was an avid dancer and was a member of the Big Band Society. He and his wife loved to dance since they first met and were excellent Jitterbug dancers for all their years together. He loved to travel with his wife, Joan, and enjoyed summer vacations relaxing and canoeing with his family, of whom always came first to him. They will all remember him and miss him dearly.

He was born in raised in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Michael and Eva (Senyak) Trubela. Educated in the city schools, he was a member of the 1941 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.

He was enrolled into the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s in Carlsbad, N.M. He joined the Merchant Marines during the Second World War, and later served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, earning the rank of corporal upon his honorable discharge in 1947. Upon his return home from the war, he continued his education by obtaining a degree in surveying from Penn State University, where he remained active as an alumnus. He and his wife owned and operated the North End Cleaners and Al's Tailor Shop in both in Wilkes-Barre.

More recently, he worked for the former Fowler, Dick and Walker, the Boston Store and later Boscov's Department Store in Wilkes-Barre prior to his retirement.

Mr. Trubela was an active member of the Coughlin Booster Club for many years, holding many offices including president in 1965. He was involved with track and field as a parent and coach in the 1960s. He became one of the first coaches for Luzerne County Community College cross country team in the 1970s and later officiated for PIAA District II track and field. He was proud of his service to his country including the CCC's, later re-visiting Carlsbad, N.M., becoming an alumni member. He and his wife are members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, having attended St. Aloysius Church for many years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Trubela was preceded in death by brothers, Charles, John and Andrew Trubela.

Surviving, in addition to his wife Joan, at home, are daughters, Barbara Mummert of Hanover Township; Deborah Mitchell and her husband, Richard, of Bear Creek Village, and Karen Trubela Rizzo and her husband, John. of Dorrance; seven grandchildren, including Chad, Brooke and Kyle Mummert; Richard and Michael Mitchell, and Anthony and Jonathan Rizzo; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Trubela will be conducted on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes, Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Church of St. Aloysius, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will follow in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Trubela's memory to the charity of the donor's choosing.

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Published in Times Leader on Jan. 21, 2013
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