Alexander L. Bomber, 88, of Seminary Road, Hanover Township, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
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He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township, a son of the late Hypolit and Caroline (Kolbicka) Pinkowski Bomber. He was a graduate of the Wilkes-Barre Township High School and lived most of his lifetime in Hanover Township. He also attained various certifications in several technical disciplines.
He was proud to serve our nation as a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, on board the USS Pasadena in the South Pacific, including the war campaigns in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was the recipient of the following medals: the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Alex was employed as a machinist by Sandvik Steel, Mountain Top, for 15 years. Most recently, he was employed as an electronics technician for the Tobyhanna Army Depot, retiring in December 1987.
He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Hanover Township. He was an active member and served as treasurer for the USS Pasadena Reunion Committee. He was a former member of St. Mary's of the Maternity Church, Wilkes Barre, and of the Holy Name Society for more than 20 years. He was also an active participant in the former St. Aloysius Bazaar, devoting much of his time and effort.
Alex was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time gardening in his backyard.
The thing he enjoyed most was spending time with his family. He was especially fond of family vacations when the family was all together.
Preceding him in death were brothers, Chester, Joseph, Edmund and John; sisters Emma and Irene.
Surviving are his best friend and love of his life, his wife of 63 years, the former Mary Stashik, at home; daughters, Marianne Cooke and her husband, Steven, Philadelphia, and Annette Bernstein and her husband, Steven, Lansdale; son, Mark Bomber, and his wife, Karen, Charlotte, N.C.; five loving grandchildren, Jude, John and Deanne Cooke, who referred to him as "Ganks," and Alexa and Noah Bernstein, who referred to him as "Pop Pop;" sister Florence Shubilla, Kingston; numerous nieces and nephews.
Military funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, West Division Street, Hanover Township, with the Rev. Thomas M. Sodano officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 27, 2013