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Bernard F. Slusarz

March 16, 2023

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Bernard F. Slusarz

March 16, 2023


Bernard F. Slusarz, of Mountain Top, PA died Thursday, March 16, 2023 at home at the age of 86.

Mr. Slusarz was the son of the late Anastasia E. (Nancy) Ratajczak and Frank G. Slusarz.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bernadette (Skammer) Slusarz, and children Elaine May, Karen Moyer-Shapiro, and Paul Slusarz.  He is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren: Rachel Imler (husband James), Michael May, Lauren Moyer (fiance Robert Munro), Todd Moyer (fiancee Marianna Vinokur), Nathan Shapiro, Paige Culler (husband Zachary), and Colby Slusarz.

He was a member of Saint Jude Church, Mountain Top, PA., and served as its Business Manager for several years.

Mr. Slusarz retired as an Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of First Eastern Bank, N.A. (and later PNC Bank, via merger) in 1992, and later retired as a stockbroker from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in 1999.  Bernard was a US Army veteran, having served at the United States Army Intelligence Board, Fort Holabird, MD from 1960 to 1962.

He was a graduate of Coughlin High School, King’s College, and the University of Scranton.  He was a lifetime associate member of the Penn State Alumni Association and a proud football season ticket holder for more than 30 years.

Mr. Slusarz had been a member of the Governing Council of the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association, and Chairman of its Insurance Committee.  He received the designation of “Chartered Bank Auditor”.  He was a member of the Board of Directors, and Treasurer of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.  He was a member of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Advisory Board, and served as its secretary.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library and served as its President and on its Board of Directors, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Luzerne County Library System.  Mr. Slusarz had also been a member of the Mountain Top Lions Club.

A celebration of life for Bernard will begin on Saturday, July 15, 2023, with a visitation for family and friends from 10 – 11 am in St. Jude Parish, 420 South Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA  18707, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am.

Donations can be made in Bernard’s memory to the Saint Jude Church building fund.  The family would like to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Visiting Angels for the compassionate care provided to Bernard during his illness.

Condolences may be sent by visiting Bernard’s obituary at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA.