Casimir Biernik, beloved father and friend, age 85, of Erie, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home from complications with Alzheimer's disease. He was born October 14, 1927 in Erie, son of the late Samuel and Sophie Tomczak Biernik. Also known as Chuck, Cas, Charlie, Chas, C.S.B., and other nicknames of endearment, he served in the U.S. Navy on the carrier USS Bon Homme Richard for six years during the Korean War. Chuck worked at Amthor Steel and later at General Electric, as a Class A welder. He went on to work at Conrail and retired after 44 years as a switchman and conductor. Charlie was a lifetime member of the Polish Falcons Nest 610. He also belonged to the Moniuszko Club and the Society of the Holy Trinity Club, the American Legion and the VFW Club. Chuck was a sportsman, bowler, golfer and avid crossword aficionado. Chas enjoyed his black Labs and walked many a mile with Onyx and later with Opal throughout Erie and Presque Isle. Czasu came from a close Polish family. Brothers, Louis and Edward "Swaney" and five sisters, Lucy, Rhoda, Harriet and Maizie have predeceased him. Tresa Malesic is his last surviving sibling. In 1952 he married Bernice Lander. Chuck is survived by his children Mark (Lois) and Maria; two grandchildren, Nick and Dave; daughter-in-law Mary Ann; and son-in-law Steven. He will be well missed by those who enjoyed his company. To the staff at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home, and to the people who saw the light in his eyes and smile over the years, and who loved him and spent time with him, thank you. Thank you Norma, Mike and Beth. "And as I watch the drops of rain, weave their weary paths and die, I know that I am like the rain, there but for the grace of you go I." Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service there at 8:00 p.m. Casimir will be interred at the Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to the
. â€" Greater PA Chapter, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 17, 2013