FLORENCE, Wis. - Frank "Bud" Bomberg, 83, of Florence, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Florence.
He was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Commonwealth, Wis., son of the late Clarence and Eva (La Chapelle) Bomberg. Frank graduated from Florence High School, Class of 1945.
He married Edith Dumke on Nov.14, 1947 and she preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 1966.
Frank then married Rosie McCraw-Roberts on Feb. 12, 1983, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 2001. It's not often you are lucky enough to find two beautiful, caring women to love you, but such was his fate.
He attended Carroll College for several years and served in the United States Army from June 1948 to June 1952. He was in the occupation of Japan and was recalled to serve in the Korean War. Frank returned home to his wife and family and spent several years working in Milwaukee.
When his father became ill in 1953, Frank was asked to come home to run the family business, Tippy's Bar and Bowl. He ran Tippy's with his wife, Edith, until his brother, Paul, was discharged from the army, at which time Paul joined Edith and Frank. It was always a fun time at the bar, and people made sure they were there once a month to enjoy the stein party. While owning Tippy's, Frank had the bragging rights for having bowled a 734 series, which is the highest series ever recorded at the alleys. His grandson, Peter, has topped that record several times since. In 1965, Frank left the family business and went to work for Niagara Paper Mill, until his retirement in 1987.
He was always a quiet man, but he always had a twinkle in his eye when his grandchildren were around.
He is survived by his son, Dale Bomberg (Jane Frieburg) of Verona, Wis.; daughter, Connie (Bomberg) Falk of Green Bay, Wis.; sisters, Della (Don) Cero of St. Charles, Ill., Patsy (Folke) Johanssen of New York, N.Y., and Marilyn (Garth) Harrison of Fence, Wis.; a brother, Paul (Mary Jo) Bomberg of Florence; grandsons, Peter Falk (Tammy Petrowsky) of Racine, Wis. and Justin (Susan) Bomberg of Madison, Wis.; granddaughters, Dawn (Matt Prater) Falk of Racine and Katie (John) Zapfel of Milwaukee; great-grandchildren, Aurora Falk, Vienna Bomberg, Sabrina Bomberg, Leo Zapfel, Zora Beach, and Spencer Beach; stepsons, Roger (Krista) Roberts, Mike (Joleen) Roberts, Wally (Missy) Roberts, and Greg (Brenda) Roberts; stepdaughter, Vicky (Gordy) Crevier; 11 step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.
Besides his wives, Edith and Rosie, Frank was preceded in death by his father, Clarence, on May 15, 1955, and his mother, Eva, on May 16, 1979.
Frank shall now find his peace and happiness with God in heaven.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence.
American Legion Post 211 will conduct a Veterans Memorial Service at 12 noon Saturday.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m. Saturday with Rev. John Hephner to officiate.
A luncheon will follow services at the church.
On Saturday night, please join us at Dina Mia's (formerly Tippy's Bar and Bowl) for one last toast to Buddy, if we did not, he would never forgive us.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Frank or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.