Lawrence W. Bloom, 78, of Scranton, died Tuesday evening at the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness. His wife is the former Martha Palmiter. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage in April.
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Born Feb. 21, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Lawrence and Harriett Bloom, he was employed by Chamberlain Manufacturing of Scranton as a machine operator before retirement. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church of Scranton.
Lawrence was an avid fisherman and bowler and participated in several bowling leagues. He enjoyed camping with his wife and children, and trips to Atlantic City. He was known as a very hard worker and a tremendous "Man of Faith." He will be dearly missed by his loving family.
Also surviving are nine children, Patti L. Duguay and husband, Doug, Waverly; Lawrence Bloom III and wife, Lynn, Dunmore; and Michael Bloom and wife, Katie; Anne F. Taylor and husband, John; Emma L. Taylor and husband, Greg; George W. Bloom and wife, Ann; Kevin M. Bloom and wife, Michelle; Mark D. Bloom and wife, Cindy; and Tammy M. Bloom, all of Scranton; three brothers, John Bloom, Scranton; Edward Bloom, Texas; and Eugene Bloom, Ohio; a sister, Ruth Feinstein, New York; and several grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Benjamin; and a sister, Alice.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, William Street, Scranton, with the Rev. Martin Gaiardo as celebrant. Interment, private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of God Parish, William Street, Scranton, PA 18508. For online condolences, go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com
Published in Scranton Times on May 8, 2014