Doris Bomberger

Doris Allegra Good Bomberger, 90, died May 14, 2022, at Sentara-RMH in Harrisonburg, Va. She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Caernarvon Township, Pa., to Ella K. Shenk and Noah G. Good. She married James R. Bomberger on Aug. 25, 1956.


She graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite College with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She continued her studies at Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a master’s degree in clothing and textiles and at Virginia Tech with an Ed.D. in home economics education in 1979.

She taught at Eastern Mennonite College until the 1985 elimination of the home economics department, retiring at the rank of full professor. She and her husband taught at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa, 1971-73; at Sichuan Normal School in Chengdu, China, 1981-83; and at Hokusei Wakkanai Junior College in Wakkanai, Japan, 1987-88.

After retiring from EMU, she became a Certified Nurse Assistant, serving at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. In retirement, she became an artist in various media, including bargello, beadwork mosaics, alcohol ink, leather embossing, needlework and others. She was a frequent exhibitor at artistic venues.

A friendly hostess, she was admired for her welcoming smile and gracious dinner parties. Her students appreciated her patience and kindness. After a severe fall in August 2021, she moved to Wenger House at VMRC for full care. She learned to navigate her wheelchair and was appreciated by her fellow residents for her kind and helpful spirit. She was a longtime member of Park View Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her husband; two children, E. Douglas (Teresa) Bomberger of Landisville, Pa., and Catherine B. (Kevin) Custalow of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth E. (Fred) Denlinger of Fulks Run, Va.

She was preceded in death by siblings Lois A. Stockheim and Milton S. (Ann) Good and a granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may made to the VMRC Good Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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