Patricia Ann Bednara, 75, of Belleville, Ill., born at home on August 28, 1940, in East St. Louis, Ill., died July 17, 2016, at her home after a long illness.
Pat's first vocation was as a nun with the School Sisters of Notre Dame and she was known as Sister Maria del Mar SSND. For 24 years she taught or was a principal at many schools in Illinois, Missouri and California. After leaving the convent, she continued her career as a teacher in the St. Louis School District which she retired from.
Pat was a member of the St. Louis Metro Polka Club and the Polish American Ladies Society. She also enjoyed socializing with her classmates from Notre Dame Academy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter P. and Celia M., nee Baltrun, Bednara; and a nephew, Steven Gonzalez.
Surviving are her sisters, Carla Hyland of Caseyville, Ill., Jeanette (Larry) Bielicke of Edwardsville, Ill., Kathy (Gary) DeFossett of Albers, Ill., and Chris (Jim) Gonzalez of Shiloh, Ill.; her nieces and nephews, Steven (Karen) Hyland, Mark (Peggy) Hyland, Paul Hyland, Joan (Keith) Patterson, Mike Bielicke, Roger Bielicke, Debby (Garry) Eades, Craig (Renee) Friesz, Kelly (David) Dobbs, Carrie Gonzalez and Marcy Gonzalez; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews; a great-great-grandniece and great-great-grandnephew. She is also survived by many dear and beloved friends.
The family wishes to thank her many helpers from Community Cares for their kindness and help through the years.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 21, 2016