ATHENS, IL - Edward J. Bednarko, 87, of Athens, passed away 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-nieces and nephews: Rachel, Bob, Jason and Amy Bednarko, all of Athens.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen.
Mr. Bednarko was born July 16, 1926, in Athens, Ill., the son of John and Anna Bednarko. He married Eileen on Sept. 27, 1952.
After Ed graduated from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in the Pacific during WWII. He retired from the Army National Guard after 30 years of service. Ed was also a member of the VFW # 5302 and American Legion Post #129 in Athens.
Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens, Ill. Father James Palakudy will be officiating.
Burial will be at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.
The family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, Ill. Online condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com.