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Charney, Mary E. (Bednar), 97, Nanty Glo, went home to be with the lord on Dec. 2, 2017. Mary was born in 1920, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kachik) Bednar. She was the first of seven children and the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was married to the late Michael Charney for nearly 17 years, before his death in 1977. She was survived by a married step-son, Francis (Rose) Charney of Virginia, two step-grandchildren, Catherine (Kevin) of Greensburg and Mark (Joan) of Baltimore, MD. Sister-in-law, Frances Bednar of Nanty Glo, two cousins, Benjamin (Bea) Kachik of Clarence, Dolores (Walter) Mihalik of Mogador, OH. Nieces and nephews Andrew (Monica) Bednar, Jr., Indiana. Rose (Ronald) Rossman, Altoona, Suzanne (Rich) Stroble Williamsport, Andrea Bednar, Williamsport, John Thomas (Kimberly) Bednar, Portage, Carol (deceased James) Bednar, Johnstown, George Bednar Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Thomas (Gigi) LaMonica, Niceville, FL, Carole (Ted) Clark, Colorado Springs, CO, Anita (Tom) Di Mantova, Goochland, VA, Michael La Monica, Colorado Springs, CO. Numerous great nieces and nephews and step great grandchildren. Special long time friend, Helen Markovich and her children from Nanty-Glo. Mary graduated from Nanty Glo High School in 1938, then moved to Cleveland, Ohio and made piston rings for airplanes. Returning to Nanty Glo, Mary was employed as a secretary by Father Hacala at St. Marys Parish and as a teller at U.S. National Bank. She was a member of VFW Post 3489 in Nanty Glo, the Altar Rosary Society, where she also served as Treasurer, and a life-long active member of St. Marys Parish, where she was lector and choir member. Mary loved playing the piano, singing, embroidery, baking, reading and was a longtime fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. She was a committed Catholic who lived her faith daily. She was a kind and gentle caretaker who helped raise her sibling after her mothers death. Although she had no children of her own, she lavished love and care upon her extended family. She always maintained a cheerful and optimistic attitude and lived a joy-filled life. Mary donated generously to family and friends in need and to many Catholic charities. Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 10 A.M. to 12P.M at Bowser Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo. Funeral Mass will follow at 12P.M. at St. Marys Church. Interment will be in St. Marys Cemetery. Mary requested that donations be made to St. Marys Church or the Nanty Glo Public Library.
Published on December 3, 2017
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