Obituaries » Susan M. Bombay
March 12, 2021
Susan M. (Speicher) Bombay
March 12, 2021
Susan M. (Speicher) Bombay, 78, of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday at home. She was born November 30, 1942 in Jermyn, daughter of the late Cyril and Lillian Benson Speicher.
Susan was a 1960 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School and attended King’s College. She met the love of her life on the kindergarten playground and would go on to marry Michael T. Bombay, in 1962. She served her country for nearly 20 years as the spouse of an Air Force Officer. Together, Sue and Mike traversed the country, making lifelong friendships along the way and building a family with daughters Renee and Stephanie. Motherhood was a title Mrs. Bombay craved for many years and a job she thrived at, serving as homeroom mom, Scout leader and proud band parent.
She supported her husband’s career and educational aspirations as he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Penn State University, often staying up late to proofread and type his papers. It was during this time she became an ardent football fan, placing lighthearted wagers on the annual PSU-OSU game with friends.
After retiring from the Air Force, they returned to their hometown of Wilkes-Barre and built their dream home, just a few blocks from where they first met. Mrs. Bombay worked for many years at InterMetro Industries, where again, she made close friendships.
Sadly, Susan lost her best friend in August of 1994, when Mike passed away. A piece of her soul died with him that day. But slivers of hope and light returned as her daughters married and gave her the gift of grandchildren. Being a MomMom gave her new life and she lived it to the fullest traveling, visiting with friends or simply spending time with her loving extended family.
She is preceded in death by husband Michael T. Bombay, her parents and brothers David and Bruce. She is survived by sister Diane, New York City, NY; daughters Renee and Kevin Gibson, and Stephanie and Jesse Teitelbaum, all of Harrisburg; grandchildren Jacob and Clare Gibson; James and Simon Teitelbaum; as well as cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Monday evening at 7:30 pm from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Rev. Jack Lambert, Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Church, will officiate.
Family and friends may call on Monday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the funeral home.
Those attending the visitation and service must wear a mask and abide by social distancing requirements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Condolences may be sent by visiting Susan’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.