Bommarito, John C., Bridgeport, Michigan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 4, 2014. Age 72 years. The son of the late Michael and Maria (Ambilo) Bommarito, John was born January 20, 1941 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Margie Kushner, his loving wife of 26 years, on December 18, 1987. She survives him. John served on the Saginaw Police Department for 27 years until his retirement on January 4, 1991. He was a founding member and chief hostage negotiator for the Saginaw S.W.A.T. Team as well as a detective and arson investigator. John was an active member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and a past member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. John was a very spiritual person and his faith meant a lot to him. After retiring from the Saginaw Police Department, John became a commissioned lay minister for the Diocese of Saginaw and the Lay Contemplative of Gethsemane Abbey. He also served as a chaplain in the area and for his Faith Rider’s motorcycle club. John cherished time spent with family and friends. Surviving besides his wife Margie are two daughters, Tina Bommarito, Holly, Michigan; Grace Bommarito and her boyfriend, C.J. Kusmierz, Grand Rapids; three granddaughters, Jessica and Jamie Juarez and Allison (Alex) Ribble; two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Dominick Ribble; one brother and two sisters, Mike (Millie) Bommarito, Freeland; Catherine and Mike Krafft, Frankenmuth; Vivan Bommarito, Frankenmuth; a sister-in-law, Judy Bommarito, Lennon; John’s mother-in-law and father-in-law, Phyllis and Joe Kushner, Saginaw; many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Bommarito. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. John Mancini, O.S.F.S., will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Family and friends will pray the Rosary 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Christopher Catholic Church, the Eastside Soup Kitchen or the Gethsemane Abbey, 3642 Monks Rd., Trappist, KY 40051.