George A. Kunberger
George A. Kunberger January 30, 1921 - January 9, 2017 Rancho Bernardo Capt. George Albert Kunberger, Sr., USN Retired, of Rancho Bernardo. Born January 30, 1921, in Philadelphia; died January 9, 2017, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He was the third of six children of W. Albert and Josephine B. Kunberger of Philadelphia. George graduated from Philadelphia's Southeast Catholic High School and attended the University of Pennsylvania and San Diego State; he also received a master's degree in international relations from USC. He joined the Navy six weeks after Pearl Harbor, attended flight training, and became a commissioned ensign in 1943. During a career of more than 30 years as a Navy officer, George provided air support for the Normandy invasion, served as a test pilot for the Navy's first air-to-air refueling program, attended the Imperial Defence College in London and served as Commander Fleet Air Wing Eight during the Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1974. George married the former Margaret (Marge) Sulpizio in 1945; they celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary before her death in 1997. He married the former Jean Seifert in 1999. In retirement he took up photography, traveled the world and enjoyed his large family. George is survived by Jean, his daughters Leslie Otten (Bob) and Joan Sofen (Ron), his sons George Jr. (Diane) and Paul (Rita), his stepson Mark Seifert, his grandchildren Stephanie, David, Adam, Brian, Lauren, Hannah, Quinn, Mark and Curtis, and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Monday, January 30 (George's 96th birthday), 11:00 a.m., at San Rafael Catholic Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in George's memory to Father Joe's Villages, 3350 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101, http://my.neighbor.org .
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