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Bednarko, Edward J.

d. June 4, 2014

Edward J. Bednarko age 87, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

He is survived by his two sons, Ron Bednarko of Athens and Jerry (Lynne) Bednarko of Petersburg; grandchildren, Jessica and Anna; brother Robert Bednarko of Athens, nephews John (Anita) Bednarko and Donnie Bednarko both of Athens, great-neices and nephews Rachel, Bob, Jason and Amy Bednarko all of Athens.

He is preceded in death by his wife Eileen.

Mr. Bednarko was born July 16, 1926 in Athens, IL, the son of John and Anna Bednarko.

He married Eileen September 27, 1952.

After Ed graduated from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country in the Pacific during World War II. He retired from the Army National Guard after 30 years of service. Ed was also a member of the VFW #___ and American Legion Post #___ in Athens.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 10-11 AM with a funeral mass at 11 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens, IL.

Father James Palakudy will be officiating.

Burial will be at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.


  1. So sorry for your loss. God Bless the whole Bednarko family during this time of sorrow. Norman & Chris Wiseman

  2. I was sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He dated my mom (Shirley) before she met my dad, Frank Johnson, Jr. Your dad & my dad were good friends, along with Thurman Ingram (who just passed away also) & Eddie Andruskevitch. The 4 ran around together. Anyway, when your dad & my mom were on a date (I think at a roller rink), my dad saw them together. He later asked your dad for permission to ask her out and the rest is history. My dad is also buried at Joel Hall Cemetary so they are together again. My dad died in 1987. You have my sympathy…Susan Johnson Julseth

  3. Jerry,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Jerry & Karen Hirstein

  4. Our sympathy to the Bednarko family. Ed will be missed as he touched many lives leaving golden memories to remember. May he rest in peace. Kurt and Velda

  5. My prayers are with the Bednarko family. I server with Ed when I first joined the Guard. I am currently out of town and will miss his services.

  6. Sorry for your loss. Ed was one of the good guys you meet in life. My condolences and best wishes to Ron and Jerry, his brother Bob, and the rest of his family.

    Dan Cedusky, Col, USA, Ret, Champaign IL

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