Henry J. Bednarz Sr., 86, of East Longmeadow, Mass., entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Johnson Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side.
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Born on Feb. 3, 1927, in Windsor Locks, he was the son of the late John and Tofilia (Markowski) Bednarz. On Sept. 27, 1947, Henry was united in marriage to his beloved bride, Helen Wlotkowski, and together they raised their family in the Hazardville section of Enfield. In his early years, Henry had and cared for his own tobacco field and was also employed with Roncari prior to becoming an entrepreneur. He was the owner/operator of Henry's Foundations in Hazardville, as well as Henry's Concrete Inc. in Somers. After his wife Helen passed away in 1981, Henry retired to Charlestown, N.H., in 1982. He later moved to Bernardston, Mass., and currently resided in East Longmeadow to be closer to his family. Henry was an active communicant of St. Bernard Church in Enfield, acting as an usher. Following his retirement, he participated in various volunteer work, including delivering food to soup kitchens and the blind. Assisting with building the facility, Henry was a founding member of the Enfield Elks Club. He was also a member of the Somers Knights of Columbus. Henry took great pride in his "special" antique cars and loved taking his Sunday afternoon cruises enjoying the sights, wherever they may have been. He loved spending time in his garden and the flowers it produced. Henry also found great joy from listening to Polish music and polka dancing with his late wife.
Henry loved his family and he will be greatly missed by his four children, Henry "Hank" Bednarz Jr., and his wife, Patricia V., of Somers, Janet Falkowski, and her husband, Thomas, of Somers, Sandra Urban, and her husband, Timothy, of Wethersfield, and David Bednarz, and his wife, Melissa, of Enfield; his five grandchildren, Margo (Bednarz) Cicciarella, and her husband, Frank, of Ellington, H. John Bednarz III, and his wife, Stephanie, of Hazardville, Zachary and Hannah Bednarz, of Enfield, and Samantha Urban, of Wethersfield; his two great-granddaughters, Taylor and Brooke Cicciarella. Henry is also survived by his sister, Trudy Oliva, and her husband, Donald, of Windsor Locks; two sisters-in-law, Mary Wlotkowski of Enfield, and Jean Yefko of Westfield, Mass.; many loving nieces and nephews; and his caring neighbors, especially Pete and Debbie Fazio. Along with his wife, Helen, and his parents, Henry is preceded in death by his brother, John Bednarz; and his five sisters, Mary August, Cecilia Tribble, Helen Quagliaroli, Wanda Doughney, and Margaret Bass.
Relatives and friends are welcomed to attend a visitation for Henry on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, prior to a procession to St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Henry's name to St. Bernard School, 232 Pearl St., Enfield, CT 06082; or to the Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Ave., Enfield, CT 06082.
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The family would also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Art Skalski and his staff, as well as the doctors and staff at Johnson Memorial Hospital for the extraordinary care they gave Henry.
Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, 2014
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