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William M. Fink

Posted By Ardra Hansen On December 30, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

William M. Fink

I, William M. Fink of Phoenix, AZ, was taken from this earth by my Heavenly Father on December 30, 2011 after completing the 90 years He had entrusted to me. I was born in the mining town of Wyano, PA on August 15, 1921 to Martin and Mary Fink. Refusing to work as a scab during a renowned coal miners’ strike in 1927, my father moved his family to Keystone, PA where he got another coal mining job. In 1929, we moved to Turtle Creek, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where my parents entered the restaurant business just months before the start of the Great Depression. Despite such a difficult beginning, the family business continued successfully until my mother’s retirement in 1972. My father had died in 1938. After graduation from Turtle Creek High, I worked at the Middletown Army Corps Air Depot where I worked as mechanic on many of the latest airplanes. I enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942. My first assignment was in Ephrata, WA, training B17 crews for overseas duty. I was assigned to a number of bases after that and was on Iwo Jima with a P51 fighter group at war’s end. I returned to my mother’s restaurant and worked as a bartender. We had just built a new building for her when I decided to enter the deli business myself in the building we vacated next door. It was at this time I met Rose Bahor and started a courtship that lasted about a year and a half, culminating in marriage in 1947. Our first home was an apartment above the deli. After our first son, William, was born in 1948, we decided to give up the deli and I went to work as a drafting apprentice for Westinghouse Electric Corp in Pittsburgh. In 1950 our second son, Robert, was born. We moved to Baltimore in 1952 as I was involved in the formation of a new Westinghouse division. In need of a dryer climate for Rose’s health, we moved to Phoenix in 1959. Within days of arriving in Phoenix, I got a job with Sperry Rand Corp with whom I was employed for 25 years until retirement in 1984. I had achieved the position of Engineering Design Supervisor. Immediately after retirement, Rose and I went “trailering” throughout the US and Canada for almost 3 years. We put 40,000 miles on our rig and saw most of the main attractions. Following this “domestic” tour, we traveled to Slovenia to visit the homeland of both our parents. After arriving back in Phoenix, we lived a quiet and peaceful life until December,1997, when Rose passed away. We had just celebrated our 50th anniversary three months earlier. Our son, William, died while serving in the Air Force in 1971. My mother, Mary Baloh Fink died in 1987 and my sister, Mary Realino, in 2007. I leave my son, Robert, his wife, Lisa (Tempe), my sister, Florence Basa (Pittsburgh, PA), my good friend, Lillian Moore (Phoenix), who has helped me through many trying times and with whom I have enjoyed many great explorations, many nieces and nephews across the country and my faithful dog, Molly. I say goodbye to my dear family and friends and look forward to re-uniting with those departed who I love and have missed for so many years. May the Lord’s peace be with you and may you enjoy his many blessings. Visitation Thursday January 5, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N 7th St, Phoenix; Funeral Mass Friday January 6, 10:00 am at St Paul Catholic Church, 330 W Coral Gables Dr, Phoenix. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements by Hansen Mortuary.

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