Obituary, Joseph A. Filz

Joseph A. Filz, age 95 of Falls Township, PA, died on Monday, April 12, 2010, at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Filz was a resident of Fairless Hills since 1975. Until his retirement in 1977 he was employed as a steamfitter for Local #420 for 40 years. Joe was a member of St. Frances Cabrini parish and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph the Worker Council #4215 and the St. John Neumann Assembly. Mr. Filz is the beloved husband of 70 years of the late Anna L. Filz. He is the loving father of Joseph A. Filz, Jr. and his wife, Jean, Barbara A. Krasnay and her husband, Bob, and Elizabeth Kurtz and her husband, Norman, all of Fairless Hills. He will also be sadly missed by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 325 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Levittown. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Mass cards or memorial contributions to St. Frances Cabrini Church at the above address would be appreciated by the family.

Obituary, Charles Ray Graves

Charles Ray Graves, 88, a native of Printess, MS and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Pride, LA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving on the USS Franklin during WWII. He retired from the LA Highway Department in 1977, was a Shriner and an auctioneer since 1987. He joined the Masons in 1954 and continued his membership for 60 years. He was a Master Mason with the Istrouma Lodge #414. He is survived by his children: Charlene Cooksey and husband Butch, Gerald Graves and Pat Jones, Robert Graves, Tammy Lamana, and Todd Graves and wife Cindy; grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings: Johnnie Morgan, Elsie Arnold, and Edwin Graves and wife Sylvia; and sister-in-law Nina Graves. He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores Graves; son Leslie Graves; parents Walter and Eula Graves; and brother Robert G. Graves. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 10am until time of service at 12pm. Interment will immediately follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park.

Published in from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2014
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Obituary, George Kreider Bomberger

Retired Naval Commander

George K. Bomberger, 97, of Palmyra, PA, entered into his eternal rest on Monday, July 28, 2014, in Paxtonia at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary, with whom he had lived for the past two years. The youngest of five children born to the late Harry and Fannie Mae (Kreider) Bomberger (along with four other siblings who did not live into childhood), George was born on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917, in Lebanon, PA. Raised on a farm just outside of Lebanon, George had fond memories of that time in his life, intermingled with sadness at the death of his mother when he was 12. He and his three older brothers and sister attended a one room schoolhouse, Excelsior School, also known as Snitz Creek School.
His father remarried, to Margaret, and in time five half-brothers and a half-sister were added to George’s family. Many were the stories that George recounted through the years, especially late in his life, as he recalled life on the farm.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his three brothers, Herbert, Christian, and Robert and his sister, Hilda (Creager); stepmother Margaret, half-brother Donald, and half-sister Barbara; a daughter, Judy, at 6 days of age (1951); his wife Julia (Rutter) Bomberger (1970); second wife Anna (Blessing Wolfe) Bomberger (2009); and a daughter, Joan Yoder (2013).
He is survived by his immediate family: son Robert K. Bomberger and wife Mary, of Harrisburg; grandson Neil Bomberger and wife Anne Coleman, and their two sons George and Moses, of Arlington, MA; and granddaughter Chloe Bomberger, of Charlotte, NC.
Also surviving are his half-brothers Ralph, Harry, William, Eddie and their families; two sons of wife Anna, Kenny and Brian Wolfe and their families; Jim Yoder, husband of Joan; nieces/nephews and families of his brothers Herbert, Christian, and Robert and sister Hilda; and nieces Barbie, Betsy, and Mert and their families, through his wife Julia.
After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1934, George headed westward, following the lead of brother Herb and sister Hilda, and eventually started college in Las Cruzes, NM. Then just before the start of WWII he joined the Navy on May 15, 1941 in Long Beach, California.
George served in the Pacific as a Navy pilot flying off jeep carriers in the Solomon Islands in 1943, where he received the Air Medal Citation Award for “meritorious service in action” against the Japanese. In the summer and fall of 1944 he flew off the aircraft carrier USS Ben Franklin, going on numerous missions in the Bonin and Mariana Islands, Okinawa, Formosa, and the Philippines. In late October 1944 George was credited with a direct hit on a Japanese aircraft carrier, which subsequently sank, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. For this he was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest Naval award outside of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The exploits of George and his fellow crew members of the USS Franklin are chronicled in Joseph Springer’s book “Inferno”, where the testimonies of George and other heroic men who served on that ship are recorded.
After coming home to Palmyra, George completed his B.S. degree at Lebanon Valley College in 1948 while continuing to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves. During the Korean War, George was called up to active duty as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida.
Always inclined to be active and on the go, George enjoyed spending time with his family, mowing his grass and working in his yard, playing golf, attending family and Navy reunions, and sharing his later years with Anna. He enjoyed travelling and just driving about town, and he never missed an opportunity to go out for breakfast. He was a wonderful Papa to his two grandchildren and it was clearly evident even in his last years that he truly enjoyed children; little ones, great-grandchildren and others, always brought a smile to his face.
Funeral services will be held on Monday August 4, 2014 at 11:00AM from the Kreamer Funeral Home & Crematory 618 E. Main St. Annville, PA 17003. Interment with full military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow the interment at the Trinity United Church of Christ, Palmyra.
George’s family particularly wishes to thank the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Central PA for the wonderful care and support in helping them keep George in a home setting during his final years. The registered nurses, aides, and other staff of VNA, and most recently their Crossings Hospice program, have been invaluable and greatly appreciated. George’s family also wishes to thank Valerie Kaiser, of Specialty Home Care, for the many hours of assistance in caring for George, occupying his time with activities/games/ and friendship, and making his life more enjoyable.
Memorial contributions can be made to the VNA, Specialty Home Care, or the Trinity United Church of Christ in Palmyra.
Published in Patriot-News from July 30 to July 31, 2014
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Obituary, Kenneth Eugene Peltier, Sr.

Kenneth Eugene Peltier, Sr. passed away Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, at the Harrah Nursing Center. He was born January 6, 1923 in Shawnee, OK to Oliver A. and Ozetta Bourassaa Peltier. Kenneth was a very proud and humble person. He wrote his book, ‘MY DIARY OF MEMORIES’ for his family which tells many stories of special memories of his lifetime. He was very proud to obtain a copyright for this book. He attended Shawnee schools and Acme school first through 8th grade. After graduating from the 8th grade he attended Shawnee Junior and Senior high school. He participated in track and football. Ray LeCrone, his football coach, called him’ that Crazy Legged Indian! He took advantage of a NYA School to learn the welding trade at the beginning of WW2. The class met from 12 midnight until 4:00 AM. He attended the class before reporting for classes at the high school. Kaiser Shipyards needed certified welders to build ships for the US Navy. They found many certified welders to hire from the NYA schools from across the USA. Kenneth was certified and withdrew from Shawnee High School to go to California to work for Kaiser. While in California he was recruited by the Pacific Coast Professional Football League to play for the Oakland Giants. He was able to play for one year and received publicity as being the runt on the team. He wanted to serve in the Military but was told that his Draft status was 2-B Defense and could not be 1-A since he was needed more in defense than the Military. He quit his job with Kaiser, returned to Shawnee and entered the US Navy. He served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin until it was hit by a Kamikaze plane. Many lives were lost and Kenneth was proud to have been one of the 704 crew members who brought the crippled ship from the coast of Japan back to the Brooklyn Shipyard. Kenneth was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation •. He was elected to serve as Secretary of the Potawatomi Tribe during the 1980′s. He was happy to have been able to attend all the CPN Council meetings and CPN Festivals for over 40 years. He received his Indian name, Wegmanemo, which means First or Leader Wolf, during a CPN Naming Ceremony on November 30, 2008 from the CPN Tribal Chairman, John Barrett. He retired from Tinker AFB after 31 years of service in 1978 as a quality control inspector. Kenneth was a faithful member of the Star Sunday School Class at the First Christian Church for many years. He has attended the Dale Church of Christ the past few years. Kenneth married Pauline Stegall Peltier October 5, 1941 in Shawnee, OK. This union was blessed with four children Kenneth Eugene Peltier Jr, Nicki Lynn Peltier, Marsha Jane Peltier and Tanya May Peltier. Kenneth and Pauline were married for 46 wonderful years before her death in 1987. Kenneth married Lillian Hale February 9, 1990 at the Dale Church of Christ. They were happily married for over 24 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ozetta Peltier, two sons Kenneth Eugene Peltier and Nicki Lynn Peltier. Five sisters Mildred, Ruby, Kathleen. Annetta, and Willa Lou, Three brothers Buddy, Gerald and Raymond and many other family members and friends. He is survived by his wife Lillian Peltier, daughters, Marsha (Bill) Sims, Tanya Peltier, four stepsons: John (Cathy) Hale, Rick (Cindy) Hale, Rusty (Lana) Hale and Rob (Karen) Hale. He is survived by many grandchildren: Reuben, Kanton, Kim, Billy, Vicki, Nicki, Tina, Bradley, Jeremy, Jennifer, Lindsay, Stephanie, Jeff, Jonathan, Joe, Courtney, Tacy, Jack, Kelli, Matt and many loved great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 16th at Walker Funeral Service, 201 E. 45th St., Shawnee, OK. Visitation will be all day Thursday. Bill Sims, Bible Teacher from the Meeker Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be at the Tecumseh Cemetery with Rocky Barrett officiating. The CPN Veterans will be in charge of the Military service. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of the Harrah Nursing Center for their loving and professional care of Kenneth the past year.

Obituary, Armard L. Swindle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Armard L. “Al” Swindle, died January 25, 2014, at age 95.
He was born in Samantha, Alabama on May 22, 1918 to the late Will and Sally (Hagler) Swindle. He was known to many of his friends and relatives in Alabama as “Cotton.” In 1938, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years as a Chief Petty Officer. While stationed at Pearl Harbor, he was aboard the USS New Orleans during the attack on December 7, 1941 that brought the U.S. into World War II. In 1942, he was in the Battle of Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and was aboard the USS New Orleans when it was torpedoed in November of that year. He went on to serve on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin and was on board when it was bombed off the coast of Japan in March 1945. He left active military duty in 1958 and continued his service with the U. S. Navy as a civilian from 1959 to 1980 at Mayport Naval Station, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVeda Hill Swindle; his brother, Arnold L. Swindle; his stepdaughter, Carolyn DeLoach Avila; and great- nephew, Shane Swindle.
He is survived by his son, Rod (Jan); his daughter, Brenda Smith (Roy); stepdaughter, Jackie Dicks (Wesley), and nephews, A.L. Swindle (Neta) and Philip Swindle (Lisa); step granddaughter, Shannon Amundson; grandsons, Jedediah Smith, and Bridger Smith; step-grandchildren, Cynthia Velazquez (Frank), Sheryl Howell (David), Cary Dicks (Terrianne), Mitchell Dicks (Karen), Lisa Wallace (Michael), Lori Dutton, and many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and step-great- grandchildren.
He was a long-time member of Parkwood Baptist Church. The family would like to thank the staff of the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home for the outstanding care he received the last two and a half years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home, 4650 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 30292.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 29, at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32211 from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside ceremony with Military Honors will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 on today, January 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville for refreshments following the graveside service at 3:30.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jan. 30, 2014

Obituary, Harry F. Haller

Haller, Harry F., of Westminster, passed away on February 22, 2014 at the age of 93 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Beloved father and grandfather, he was born in Philadelphia in 1920, got married to his wife of 57 years (who predeceased him in 2007) at age 30 and moved to California. A Navy man, he was stationed at the Long Beach Naval Yard which brought them out to Westminster where they planted their roots and stayed.

Harry served in both the Korean War and well as WWII and was a survivor of an attack by the Japanese on the USS Franklin.

He was loved by everyone who met him and if he liked you he was the consummate jokester. So, you knew that if he didn’t kid around with you, he didn’t like you!

Harry was a founding member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Garden Grove and converted to the same religions as his wife, Catholicism in his later years.

Harry’s biggest love in life was his family. Along with building his life around them, he enjoyed woodworking, the beach, ice skating (he grew up in the East playing ice hockey) and staying active.

He is survived by his three children, Keith Haller, Jane Saeman, as well as David (Lisa) Haller and 8 grandchildren. In the last years of his life, he was lovingly taken care of by Javier Avalos at his home of 58 years.

A Rosary and viewing will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 10:30am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:30am at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Dana Point.

Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 26, 2014

Obituary, Charles William Stroeher

Charles William Stroeher
Dec. 12, 1922-Feb. 27, 2014
Resident Of Los Gatos
Charles (Charlie) William Stroeher passed away on Thursday, the 27th of February after energetically striving to regain his independence while recovering from a stroke. His positive attitude, bright smile and twinkling eye will be remembered and missed by many.
Charles was born in Mansfield, Ohio. His family moved to Colorado and then to Casper, Wyoming. He went to Grant Elementary school in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1939. He attended Billings Polytechnic College (Rocky Mountain College) where he was able to work for his room and board until entering the U.S. Navy. During his three years of naval service he took flight training at St. Mary’s College, Norman, OK and at Corpus Christie, Texas. He earned his Wings and his Commission in April 1944, qualified for carrier landings and piloted TBM torpedo bombers on the USS Franklin at the end of the war and survived the bombing of the Franklin. He met the love of his life, Beverly Jean. They were married in April of 1945. They were married for 59 years.
After WWII, Charles graduated from Northwestern University in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration. His jobs as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) took him from Illinois to Montana to California. He worked as a CPA/Financial Manager until retiring at the young age of 72.
Charles was always active. He was always interested in “goings on” of friends and family near and far. He loved gatherings with family and friends during the holidays and weekends throughout the year. He was an avid jogger and enjoyed bicycling until he was 90. He loved kayaking, church activities– treasurer, choir, etc. – playing bridge, travel – in the United States and abroad – and friends. He especially enjoyed his time with friends.
Charles is survived by his devoted daughter, Shelley Slingland (Ed) and his grandchildren Greg and Rebecca Slingland, by his sister Mary Lou Ayers of Meridian, ID and his brother, Glenn Stroeher of Evergreen, CO.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 16548 Ferris Ave. in Los Gatos, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations made out to Faith Lutheran Church with “Charlie’s Memorial Fund” on the memo line. Donations will go to a charity designated by his family in accordance with his wishes.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 21, 2014

Obituary, Thomas Leo

Thomas “T.W.” Leo passed away peacefully April 20, 2014 after a brief illness. Tom was born November 29, 1926 in Youngstown, OH. He joined the Navy as soon as possible after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was one of the youngest crew members on the U.S.S. Franklin. He survived the attack on the Franklin in the Pacific, and proudly attended every reunion of the ship’s crew. Tom married Sara Margaret “Sally” Smith on June 8th, 1947. They settled in Mt. Prospect, IL where they raised their 4 children. Tom was successful as an independent businessman, selling industrial baking supplies. He and Sally retired to their dream home in Southern Pines, NC until returning to the Chicago area in 2006. After retirement Tom was able to devote time to painting, and he created many works of art reflecting his fascination with architectural details and patriotic themes. Tom is survived by his children and their spouses, Dana Leo (Jan Gollins), Scott Leo (Chris Leo), Denise Leo, and Keith Leo (Lynn Bidwell) and by grandchildren Kirsten Leo, Amy Gollins and Matt Leo, as well as many close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally, brother Wally, and son-in-law Johnie Curtis. Services will be held Friday April 25th at 3 pm at the Summit of Uptown, Park Ridge, IL. Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the veteran’s group of choice.

Obituary, Joseph W. Trabucco

WILLIAMSBURG – Joseph W. Trabucco, 86, formerly of Endicott, NY, died on Monday, May 5 in Williamsburg, VA. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas and Raymond and sister, Marie. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeanette Bellinger Trabucco, and children Mark (and wife Melissa Collins) of Owego, NY, David, of NY, NY, Linda (and husband Poe) Walker (of Williamsburg, VA) and Thomas (and wife Kimberly) of Franklin TN. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Casey Jordan Walker, and Margaret, Joseph, and Cassandra Trabucco. Mr. Trabucco grew up in Wappingers Falls, NY, and served aboard the USS Franklin (“Big Ben”) during the second World War. He later graduated from Syracuse University (where he met Jeanette). He had a long and distinguished career in the Automotive Industry, primarily in upstate New York. Joe loved to travel, and he and Jeanette visited all seven continents, and made many memories abroad. He enjoyed watching his four grandchildren grow up, and his greatest pleasure was having the family all together. A memorial service will be held May 11 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188 at twelve o’clock. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Olaf or the charity of your choice .
Published in Virginia Gazette on May 8, 2014

Obituary, Robert Wineman

Margaret D. Wineman, 92, and Robert J. Wineman, 94, of East Orleans, both died peacefully at home with family on April 26, 2014, and May 9, 2014, respectively. Margaret, Peg, was born on Aug. 7, 1921, in Casper, Wyo., and grew up in Braintree, Mass. After attending Thayer Academy, she went on to Wellesley College (B.A. in chemistry, class of 42) and American University (M.A.). Robert, Bob, was born on Sept. 11, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in various parts of the country, graduating from Baltimore High School and Williams College (B.A. in chemistry, class of 41). Bob went on to obtain his M.S. from the University of Michigan and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. Peg and Bob met while working together as chemists at DuPont in Niagara Falls and married on May 6, 1944. While serving as aircraft electronics lieutenant in the Navy, Bob was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic action on the USS Franklin in the aftermath of a catastrophic bombing attack off Kobe, Japan, in May of 1945. Following the war, Bob and Peg were founding settlers of the progressive Conantum residential community in Concord, Mass., where Peg taught elementary school and Bob served ultimately as research director of Monsantos Boston Laboratory, in Everett. While in Concord, they raised five children and were active in the town, Conantum and Unitarian church communities. In 1971, they moved to Maryland where Bob became associate chief of the Artificial Kidney program with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He later became director of the Chronic Renal Disease program. During this time, Peg worked in the special education field, including teaching the visually impaired for the Montgomery County school system. In 1982, they retired to East Orleans where they had enjoyed being summer residents since the early 1960s. Peg and Bob were devoted parents to their children and families, which include Janet and her husband Joe Brevard of Newton, Mass., Jean and her husband Terry Sargent of Ann Arbor, Mich., the late Barbara Wineman of Orleans, Marian and her husband John Rundall of Seattle, Wash., and Tom Wineman of Osterville, Mass. They were also special to the lives of their six grandchildren: Jesse and Nate Brevard, Lindsey, Kelsey and Maisie Sargent, and Alexi Rundall; and to their extended family: Jacquie Brevard and her husband Laye Thiam of Westfield, N.J., and their sons Condi and Amadi; and Jane Brevard of Philadelphia, Pa. Peg and Bob remained active in their support of programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Peg having served for over 10 years with the Arc of Cape Cod. During this period, they were instrumental in the formation of a group home in Orleans for people with disabilities where their daughter, Barbara, lived. In 1990, they helped organize a water quality lab for monitoring area towns estuaries and in 1997 they obtained an EPA grant for a Nutrient Monitoring program of the five Orleans salt ponds of Pleasant Bay, which they continued to monitor for many years. In 2003, they received the Good Citizenship Award from the town of Orleans where Bob served on the Board of Health for 15 years and more than 10 years on other water quality committees, and Peg served on water quality, wind energy and transportation committees. Peg and Bob also enjoyed traveling and even in their mid-80s traveled to Belize, Denmark for a tour of wind farms, and China. Throughout their lives, Bob and Peg enjoyed outdoor activities that included camping, hiking, sailing, swimming, fishing, skiing and gardening. They worked avidly on political and conservation action groups to protect the environment, prevent climate change, and support tolerance and world peace, and passed these values on to their children and grandchildren. They lived their lives with joy and enthusiasm and their warmth and spirit for life will be missed by all. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Orleans Pond Coalition (to protect the water quality of Pleasant Bay), P.O. Box 2485, Orleans, MA 02653-6485; or the Cape Cod Foundations Barbara Carol Wineman Fund (therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled), 259 Willow St., Yarmouthport, MA 02675. Condolences may be sent to Wineman Family, P.O. Box 306, East Orleans, MA 02643.

Published in The Cape Codder from June 11 to June 18, 2014