Name: Alexander J Bongiorno
Born: August 21 , 1931
Died: May 26, 2018 (86)
SMC Member: February 26, 2002 (16)
Alexander Joseph Bongiorno was born in Detroit on August 21, 1931, to Anthony and Josephine (née Garofalo). After graduating from Southeastern High School, Al enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1951 until 1955, becoming a cryptographer, deciphering and forwarding coded messages to commanding officers. Even in his later years, Al never divulged those secret codes. In 1959, Al married Margaret Hopko. They settled in Grosse Pointe Woods and became active members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish and its schools.
Alexander J. Bongiorno passed away peacefully at home on May 26, 2018, at the age of 86. He was the beloved husband of Margaret; dear father of Alexia (Brian Lucid), David, Julie Froggett (Jeffrey), and Michael (Karen); loving grandfather of Dana and Carley Froggett; and brother of the late Marie Bongiorno.
It was a high school jewelry-making class, taken purely by chance, that sparked in Al the creativity that he never knew he had, and the art of creating beautiful jewelry became his passion and his business for more than sixty years. Whether governor, celebrity, or everyday folk, each of Al’s clients was special, and he loved to collaborate with them on the design of one-of-a-kind pieces that would be enjoyed and treasured for a lifetime. Al’s unique style was apparent in each of his jewelry creations, and one might believe that even now he is adding diamonds and his creative flair to the pearly gates of Heaven.
Leading by example, Al and Margaret taught their children to love and respect each other, instilling in them the importance of family. Dinner together, every night, was a family priority. At home and at work, Al was loved and respected as a husband, father, and business partner.
The Funeral mass will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake St., St. Clair Shores. Visitation at church begins at 9 a.m.
Memorial tributes to Fr. Solanus Casey Guild, 1780 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit MI 48207 or Yankee Air Museum www.savethebomberplant.org.