John Bednar Jr. (1928 - 2014)

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John Bednar Jr.

John Baptist Bednar Jr., 85, of Troy, Ill., born Oct. 5, 1928, in Benld, Ill., passed away at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, Ill.

Mr. Bednar was a retired pipefitter for Chrysler Corp. He was a member of the K of C in Maryville and Troy and was a former Grand Knight.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilucille, nee Tannette, Bednar, whom he married on Sept. 2, 1950, in Benld, Ill., and who died Oct. 2, 2011; son, John Franklin Bednar in infancy; parents, John Baptist and Veronica M., nee Konjak, Bednar; brothers, Daniel Bednar, Robert Bednar, Eugene Bednar and Edward "Butch" Bednar; and sisters, Helen Shiell, Eva Elliott, Joan Lienard, Monica Bilich and Rita Hunt.

Surviving are his children, Susan (Steven Michael) Horton of Sherman, Texas, Amy (James Timothy) Claxton of St. Louis, Mo., Leslie Bednar (Mark Hendrickson) of Troy, Ill., and Tim (Danae) Bednar of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Jeanne Lawler, Geoffrey Folkers, Jason Packard, Katie Claxton, Addie Bednar, Sam Hendrickson and Alexandra Bednar, great-grandchildren, Luke and Jacob Lawler and Brayden and Chesney Folkers; brother, Herman "Herb" Bednar of Michigan; and sisters, Christine Campbell of Oak Brook, Ill., Patricia Seketa of Benld, Ill., Mary "Dede" Garrett of Benld, Ill., and Theodora "Teddy" Mayfield of Avondale, Ariz.

Memorials are suggested to Arbor Day Foundation or Tri Township Public Library District. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at St. Jerome Church in Troy, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at St. Joseph's Church, Benld, Ill., with Father Pat Jakel officiating. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery, Benld, Ill.

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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 15, 2014
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