PORTAGE — BRYJA – Hedwig T. “Hedy,” 90, Portage, passed away Feb. 5, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Oct. 13, 1920, in Portage, daughter of John and Marianna (Zarnecki) Bednarczyk. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Joseph Bryja; brothers, Joseph, Robert, Walter and Frank Bednarchik; and sisters, Ann Petro and Theresa Wietecha. Survived by daughter, Dr. Mary Frances Bryja, Gaithersburg, Md. Sister of Stanley Bednarchik, married to the former Patricia Zabas, Maple Heights, Ohio, and Bernadine Sigado, Portage. Also survived by brother-in-law, John Wietecha; sister-in-law, Ann (Yacisin) Bednarchik, both of Garfield Heights, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Proudly served her country during World War II by welding bomb casings for Briggs Manufacturing, Hamtramck, Mich. Member of the former Our Lady of Fatima Society and served as president for many years. Founding member of the St. Lawrence Fraternity Third Order Secular Franciscans. Member of the Sacred Heart Church choir for many years, Polish Heritage Choir, the ZPA Lodge 721, the Puritan Rosary Society and the Portage Senior Citizens. Hedy was proud of her Polish heritage and kept all of the holiday customs and traditions. Avid fan of the Steelers, Notre Dame, Penn State and Pirates sports. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mountain Avenue, Portage, Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Portage.
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Thomas G. Hunter
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James M. Krumbine
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Arthur Lee Brown
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Shirley Mae Weldon
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Richard A. Sotack
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GULA – Daniel, 84, Franklin Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at home.
Francis W. Gavlak
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Chester R. Querry
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Johns C. Schmid Jr.
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