Alphonse J. Bon

Alphonse J. Bon, age 94, also affectionately known as Fonzy or Oscar, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at Messiah Lifeways in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Alphonse was born on July 2, 1925, in St. Marys, the son of the late Ludwig and Josephine Bon, Sr.

After graduating from the St. Marys Area High School, he answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the Navy and becoming what was known as a Tin Can Sailor. He served on the USS Cassin during World War II from 1943-1946. Fortunately for his family, he shared stories with them of his time in the Navy. After World War II, he worked for Shaut Bus and Taxi Service. He then worked for Quality Components, retiring in 1990 with 40 years.

On January 31, 1959, he married the love of his life, Sarah C. Hoehn, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Sarah preceded him in death on February 16, 2016.

He is survived by his three loving children, Catherine Bon and her partner Kimberley Thomas of Mechanicsburg, Jeanne Foster of Mechanicsburg, and David Bon and his wife Sharon of Gunter, TX; five grandchildren, Mark (Alisha), Erik, and Emily Foster, and Miranda and Abigail Bon; and by two great-grandchildren, Josephine and Everett Foster. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dorothy Bon of St. Marys; and by nieces and nephews.

Besides his adoring wife and parents, Oscar was predeceased by his siblings, Ludwig L. Bon, Jr., Mary Nissel, and Josephine Bon. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Oscar belonged to the American Legion, VFW, and the Elks Club. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he volunteered by driving the priests on their First Friday call for 25 years. Oscar was also a member of the SNPJ Lodge.

Due to recent recommendations from the CDC and the Diocese of Erie, the Mass of Christian Burial for Alphonse J. “Oscar” Bon will be held privately for immediate family only. Mr. Bon’s visitation at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home will proceed as currently planned on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Joan Smith March 17, 2020 at 10:33 am

He was a caring man. I’m glad he was featured in the articles about early life in St. Marys. One could see how he enjoyed telling about life in his early days.

Saul and Christy (Breindel) Eiva March 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm

You all have our deepest sympathy and love. So sorry that conditions prevented our being there to give our condolences in person. May God give you comfort and take Dear Uncle Alphonse home to Himself. He was a good, humble and holy man and will be deeply missed.

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