Bernard “Barney” J. Bednar, 85 of Streator passed away Monday (February 1, 2021) at his home.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 – 7 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jesse Mesarick, Sam Richards, David Clay, Kyle and Cody Williamson and Dave Vickers.
Barney was born on March 16, 1935 in Streator to Thomas and Mary (Harcharik) Bednar. He married Joyce Fryman in April of 1972. She preceded him in death on April 9, 2017.
Surviving are; Sharon Blakenship of Arcola, Thomas (Renee) Bednar of Streator and Jenni (Bryon Williamson) Bednar-Richards of Streator, grandchildren, Jesse Mesarick, Laci (David) Clay, Emily (Rick) Williams, Danielle, Megan and Samuel Richards, Eric (Jordan) Gonzalez, Nadine Gonzalez, Nicole, Anastasia, Naomi and Savannah Denton, step-grandchildren, Cody, Kyle and Kayla Williamson, 13 great-grandchildren, sister Alice Feken of Madison, Wi, brothers, Don (Claudette) Bednar of Streator and Ron (Mary) Bednar of California.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Mary Beth Denton, step-daughters, Becky and Dodie Griffin, grandson Bryson Williamson, sisters Mary Ann Bednar and Delores Laue.
Barney attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and graduated from Streator High School in 1953. He retired from Owen’s Illinois Glass, was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Ducks Unlimited, the NRA and was a one of the founders of the Sandyford Sportsman Club. Barney was inducted into the Streator High School football hall of fame. Barney enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, telling stories and spending time with family and friends and mainly enjoyed spending with “Joyce baby” in Wisconsin.
Memorials may be directed to the Children’s Miracle Network or a charity of the donors choice.