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Bernard John Bednar

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.

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A lot of my childhood memories include Uncle Nard. Ill never forget when he made Mary and I jump into Lily Pads at the Beach to retrieve a loose ski. Oh our summer vacations My dad will miss him terribly, as will we. Love you Uncle Nard! Praying for peace Jenni, Tom and your families.

Barb Stevens Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Tommy, Jenni, and Families,
Our dear Uncle Nard was a kind man who was a wonderful storyteller. He could talk for hours. Our father, Donald, being Nards big brother has told us, his children, and his grandchildren many heartwarming stories of the two of them. Uncle Nard was an awesome gardener. He loved to hunt and fish. I took a fishing trip to Canada with my father, Donald, my husband, Patrick, my sister, Diane, my brother, David, and my Uncle Nard. What a wonderful memory Ill have forever.
God bless you, Dear Uncle Nard. We will miss you. We love you.
May you be in heaven with Joyce now in peace.
Love, Jackie Bednar Killian, Patrick,Brendan,Kevin,Bridget, Sean

Jackie Bednar Killian Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

My favorite uncle, may you Rest In Peace. Tommy, Jenny and kids, so sorry for the passing... He will be missed!

David Bednar Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

Jenni & family
You are all in my prayers
Love Loretta

Loretta Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

Tommy, we are so sorry for your loss. Mark still talks about duck hunting with you and your dad. He speaks of what a kind, gentle nan he was.

Mark and Diane Pshak Feb 7 2021 12:00 AM

Sharon + Emily + family,
Tony and I are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
God bless.

Denise Natt Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM