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OBIT: Paul "Sonny" Bomberg (1933 - 2011)

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OBIT: Paul "Sonny" Bomberg (1933 - 2011)

Posted: 1327800130000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Bomberg, LaChapelle, Witynski, Erickson, Bauer, Wexler, Cero, Johannson, Harrison, Johnson, Spade, McCoy, Novak, Merhalski, Settle
Paul M. Bomberg, 78, of Florence, passed away Friday, November, 11, 2011, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Paul was born on April 23, 1933, in Florence, son of the late Clarence and Eva (LaChapelle) Bomberg.

He was a lifelong resident of Florence, and graduated from Florence High School in 1951. In 1954, Paul entered the United States Army and served until 1956, when he was honorably discharged. He married Mary Jo Witynski on April 11, 1959, at St. Mary Church in Florence. Paul worked for the Florence County Highway Department for several years. He was also partners with his brother Frank. They owned Tippy’s Bar and Bowl together, taking over the business following the death of their father, Clarence “Tippy” Bomberg. Paul bought his brother’s half and went on his own in 1964, finally retiring in 1981.

Paul was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence, a 29 year member of the Florence Volunteer Fire Department, past member of Knights of Columbus Florence, Florence School Board, V.F.W. Florence, and Florence Chamber of Commerce where he was an active member in the annual Labor Day parade for many years.

He will be missed by his loving family and friends. Paul enjoyed hunting and visiting with everyone at Tippy’s Camp No. Shotum Buck.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jo; four sons, Mark (Karen Erickson) Bomberg, Gladstone, Mich., Tim (Jeanette) Bomberg, Florence, Jack Bomberg, Florence, Paul (Deniell) Bomberg, Florence; three daughters, Ann Bomberg, Florence, Barbara (David) Bauer, Florence, Mary (Larry) Wexler, Mequon, Wis.; three sisters, Della Cero, St. Charles, Ill., Patsy Johannson, New York, Marilyn Harrison, Fence; fourteen grandchildren, Amy (Kris) Johnson, Pamela (Jacob) Spade, Daniel (Jenna) Bauer, Kristin Bauer, Jessica (Ed) McCoy, Bryan Bomberg, Josh Bomberg, Ryan Wexler, Tyler Novak, Abagail Novak, Kyleigh Bomberg, Toby, Tony and Seth; eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend John “Tweety” Merhalski, Florence.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 15, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence. V.F.W. Post No. 3635 of Florence will accord military honors 12:50 p.m., Tuesday at the church. The Florence Volunteer Fire Department will stand Honor Guard. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1:00 p.m., Tuesday at the church. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Commonwealth.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Paul or leave a condolence to his family online at

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.



Paul is my grandson, but I passed on long before he was born.

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