Charles E. Bloom Jr., 74, of Elm Avenue, Kingston, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his home with his family by his side.
Born in Shavertown on May 23, 1939, he was a son of the late C. Edward and Helen (Horton) Bloom. He was a graduate of Kingston High School, and served in the U.S. Army for more than three years.
He worked in several area food markets before becoming self-employed for Arnolds Bakery as a distributor. Several years ago, he retired after working for the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Charles was a member of the Luzerne United Methodist Church and happily served as an usher or in any capacity he was needed. He was a life member of the Independent Fire Co. No. 1 of Kingston, where he served as a volunteer firefighter and company officer for more than 50 years.
While a member, he was selected to serve on the board of the Kingston Firemen's Community Ambulance. He served as president of this board for more than 20 years. This past Memorial Day, he was selected to serve as parade marshal for the annual Memorial Day parade by the American Legion Post 395 and VFW Post 283, both of Kingston.
Charles was a lifetime member of the Kingston American Legion Post 395, and an associate member of the Kingston VFW, Post 283.
Charles may have lost the battle with cancer, but he won the game of life as evidenced by the love and respect of his family and friends, and the service to his church and community. Rest in peace, Charlie! You have earned it.
He was preceded in death by his son Stephen E. Bloom; grandson, Matthew Poveromo; and sisters, Florence Bloom, Beverly Perrego, Charlotte Jones and Betty Alice Taylor.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Carol Atherholt; sons Charles A. Bloom and his wife, Judy, and Brian Bloom and his fiancee, Karen Amos, all of Kingston; daughters, Alice Poveromo and her husband, Vince, Scranton, and Susan Lee and her husband, Alan, Luzerne; grandchildren, Amanda Poveromo, Christopher Bloom, Alan ""A.J."" Lee, Rachel Bloom and Leo Donavan; step-grandchild, Jessica Lynn; step-great-granddaughter, Mercades Lee; brothers, Walter Bloom and his wife, Cindy, Hollidaysburg; William Bloom and his wife, Carolyn, Sherman's Dale; sisters, Shirley Bloom and Barbara Slatky, both of Kingston, and Marion Leo, Wilkes-Barre; brother-in-law, Ray Atherholt, and his wife, Dianne, Budd Lake, N.J.; numerous nieces and nephews; and Charlie's special buddies, Rascal and Sheba.
Funeral services for Charles will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. Carol Coleman, pastor of the Luzerne United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be held in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Kingston Fire Department and the Independent Fire Co. No. 1, Kingston, will meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. to pay their respects.
Memorial donations may be made in Charles' name to the Luzerne United Methodist Church, 446 Bennett St., Luzerne, PA 18709; or to the
For information or to send the family an online message of condolence, visit the funeral home's website at www.hughbhughes.com.
Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc.
1044 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
Published in Times Leader from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2013