John N. Berezniak

John N. Berezniak, 86, of 514 Wayne Avenue, Ellwood City, passed away on Monday evening, June 1, 2009 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after a sudden illness. He was born in Koppel PA on May 31, 1923 to the late John and Anna Cominski. Berezniak.

He was a 1941 graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the European Theatre, 89th Infantry, 11th Division, 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was at Normandy during the D-Day invasion in 1944, and later was at the siege of Bastogne, and the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. He was owner of West End Café in Ellwood City for more than 50 years. He was an office manager at the Ellwood City Forge and retired after 40 years of service. His most important priority was his wife and raising his nine children.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, New Castle, and was a founding member and board member of the Eastern Orthodox Foundation.

He also was a member of VFW #252, Ellwood City; the Girl Scout Council; F.& A.M. #599, Ellwood Lodge; and Syria Shrine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 58 years, Ethalia Millson Berezniak, who died on November 8, 2007, and by one brother, William T. Berezniak, in 1997.

He is survived by four sons and five daughters and their spouses: Patricia (and Michael) Schalk of Ellwood City; Barbara Lynn (and John) Henderson of Orlando FL; John N. (and Nancy) Berezniak, Jr.; Christina (and Ray) Martin of San Diego, CA; Stephania (and John) Richardson of Ellwood City; Michael T. (and Donette) Berezniak of Albuqurque, NM; David J. (and Luanne) Berezniak of Burlington, VT; Philip W. (and Heather) Berezniak, of Ellwood City; and Sonia (and Thomas) Thorp of Califon, NJ. Twenty-one grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Irene Hoffman of Darlington PA also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Thursday, June 4 2009 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME OF ELLWOOD CITY, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 5, at 11:00 A.M. in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City with the Rev. Fr. Richard Salley, officiating.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley. Full military rites will be observed at the cemetery by the Veterans Honor Guard and the US Army.

Donations may be made in his name to the Eastern Orthodox Foundation, P.O. Box 432, Indiana, PA 15701.

He will be sadly missed by his children and grandchildren, and by all those whose lives were blessed by having known him.

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