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Bernard G. Vodzak

October 10, 2019

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Bernard G. Vodzak

October 10, 2019


Bernard G. Vodzak, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, surrounded by his loving family.


Bernard was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Lawrence and Mary Kalanick Vodzak. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School, class of 1949. He was employed as a warehouseman for Pennsylvania Wholesale Drugs and was later employed by the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority.


Bernard was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre.


Bernard was an avid gardener and fisherman.  He also loved to cook for his family and friends.


He was preceded in death by brothers, Larry, Joseph, George and John Vodzak.


Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mary Joan Wallace Vodzak; children, Joyce Elston and her husband, Thomas, Wilkes-Barre; Bernard Vodzak and his wife, Judy, Wilkes-Barre; Daria Vodzak, Danville; and Michelle Gist and her husband, David, Greenwood, Delaware; grandchildren, Brittany Vodzak, Jessica Elston, Amanda Gabriel, Jarrett Gabriel, Michael Vodzak and Ryan Dye; sister, Dolores Redmond and her husband, Richard, Seattle, Washington; sister-in-law, Caroline Vodzak, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Family and friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9-10 AM.


Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen, 39 East Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Bernard’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.

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