WILKES-BARRE — On June 1, 2014, the Lord sent his angels to carry the soul of his servant, Angelo Frank "Bomer" Stella, 90, from this earth to his heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Angelo passed surrounded by his loving family in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born on June 14, 1923, in the Keystone section of Plains Township, he was a son to the late Anthony and Gulia Angeli Stella. Angelo, at a young age, learned the lessons of hard work and family responsibility. Angelo was a proud veteran and served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as an apprentice seaman.
Angelo returned home to take up his family responsibilities and went to work as a coal miner.
On July 1, 1944, he married the love of his life, the former Genevieve Trentowski. This year, they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary. Together, they raised two daughters, Sandra and Pat.
Angelo, as a young man, worked in the local mines for 21 years until the Knox Mine Disaster forced the closure of the mining industry in the Wyoming Valley. Angelo then found employment with Pagnotti Enterprises Inc. as a crane operator until his retirement.
After a few years, Angelo returned to the workforce at Sears Department Store in the Wyoming Valley Mall. He finally retired from working at the age of 77 to enjoy his role of grandfather, helping to raise his great-grandchildren.
Angelo, throughout his life, was an avid sportsman. While on an Alaskan big game hunting trip with his grandson, Ron Solt, Angelo shot a caribou. While hunting deer on A.J. Foyt's Ranch, he enjoyed the hunt, but his best memory was of cooking breakfast for everyone. On another expedition to Ontario, Canada, Angelo shot a black bear.
Angelo loved to go fishing with his grandchildren. He would make trips up to Canada to catch northern pike and to Indiana for bass. Angelo enjoyed hunting small game, such as quail and pheasant on trips to Indiana.
He and his grandson, Ron Solt , and his son-in-law, Dave, would love to go on their quads up the Lehigh River to their favorite hunting and fishing spots.
Most of all, his greatest hobby was taking pleasure in watching his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren excel. Angelo took pride in watching his grandson, Ron Solt, play professional football for the Eagles and Colts, and watching his great-grandson Cade's Little League baseball games. He was a proud grandfather.
Throughout his entire life, Angelo enjoyed planting his garden with many tomato plants. He also enjoyed making wine with Dr. Nicholas Giordano. Over the many years, they perfected their wine. For the past few years, they took multiple blue ribbons in several New York wine tasting events.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township; the Polish American Veterans, Plains Township, and the Perugia Club, Keystone.
Angelo was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Mancia, Jennie "Piccina" Million; brothers Primo, August "Litzi," Fernando "Fia," and an infant brother, Dominic.
Angelo is survived by his loving wife, Genevieve, and daughter Pat Stella, at home; Pat's companion, Danny Branas, Miners Mills; daughter Sandra Sitoski and her husband, Dave, Laflin; sister Irene Zluchowski, Wilkes-Barre Township; brother Dominic "Netzer," Keystone; grandchildren, Ron Solt; Kevin Solt and his wife, Mary; Kimberly Suda and her husband, Don; Yvonne Cocoran and her husband, Mike; Heidi Gowden and her husband, Sean; great-grandchildren, Tayler, Matthew, Ryan, Kennady, Jennifer, Kevin Jr., Kyle, Halle, Cade, Mya, Giada and Evangeline.
Bomer's funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township. Mass will be officiated by the Rev. John Boyle, pastor. Entombment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends and family may call 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the Stella family requests that memorial donations be given to the
, 613 Baltimore Drive, Suite 3, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
For online condolences and directions to the services, please visit www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.