Irene N Bubernak

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Long time resident Irene N. Bubernak passed from this life to the next on Saturday, November 17, 2018. She had just celebrated her 89th birthday with her family.
Irene was born in Palo Alto, the anthracite region of PA. Her father was Albert Plodis and her mother Turine Suter. They had six children: Marion, Norma, Irene, Albert, Roma & Carol. Irene's adult career began when she worked for ENT physicians in Pottsville, PA. She surprised her family when she applied for, and obtained a secretarial job in Washington, DC at the US Navy Department (Bureau of Ships). A dear friend whom she worked with in Washington DC, Mary Jean Wulftange,, moved to Los Alamos and encouraged Irene to apply at the Los Alamos National Labs. In 1956, Irene began her work with the Engineering Department, which conducted nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site.
She attended the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years where she volunteered in the rose garden and taught Sunday School classes. It was here that she met her husband, Joseph Bubernak. They met through the Young Adults Group which is also where she met many of her lifelong friends. (Joseph and Irene lived only 100 miles away from each other growing up in Pennsylvania and they had never met until they were in Los Alamos.). They were married and had three children. Irene and Joseph enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Irene returned to LANL after she raised her children and worked as an executive secretary for Dr Sid Singer (leader of Directed Energy Strategic Defense Initiative Program).
Throughout their married life Irene and Joe traveled to many places in the world: Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, China, Canada & Egypt. She enjoyed landscaping her garden of many colors.
Irene will be greatly missed by her family. The celebration of Irene Bubernak's life will be at 1:00 pm on December 8th at First United Methodist Church, Los Alamos, NM. Her immediate family includes: Joseph Bubernak, Jana Bubernak Lockyer, David Bubernak, wife Henrietta, and daughter Elle, and Beth and Steve Tichnor. Should you wish to make a donation, it can be made to , First United Methodist Church, Operation Smile, or
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Dec. 2, 2018
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