James J. Bollinger, born February 18, 1926 passed peacefully into the arms of his wife on March 15, 2019. Proceeded in death by mother Helen Skipper, wife Virginia (Connelly) and son Ronnie (Butchie) Bollinger. He is survived by niece Arlene Buseck (Saxton, PA); daughter Sandy Biren, grandchildren Jason and Robbie, and great-grandchild Malachi; son, James “Jimmy” Bollinger and wife Evelyn, grandchildren Holly (John) Matthews, twins Heidi and Ashley; along with his many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.
James grew up in Dudley, PA a long side the love of his life Virginia to whom he was married for 69 years. At the age of 17 he joined the Navy and fought in WW II and the Korean Conflict. After leaving the service he returned home to work at B&W and retired after 24 years. In his retirement he raised his grandchildren with his wife and never stopped moving. He always gave a helping hand to all his neighbors as he was a handyman his whole life.
The legacy of James and Virginia's love will bring comfort to their family and friends. James’s memory will remind his loved ones to help others whenever you can, and not to be afraid of bringing strangers to your dinner table.
A private service for friends and family will be held at future date to reunite James and Virginia with their son Butchie. In lieu for flowers or gifts, the family ask a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project be made to help serve our nation's veterans.
We little knew that day,
Smokey was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day She called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as Smokey calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Inspired by Author: Ron Tranmer
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