John Bednarz, SFC (Ret), 76, of Portland, CT passed away Wednesday, (February 27, 2013) at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. He was the devoted husband of Virginia (Campion) Bednarz. John was born in New Britain, son of the late Joseph and Jean (Bingiel) Bednarz, step-son of the late Andrew Bednarz. He was predeceased by his first wife Barbara (Bothe), and his son Christopher. He is survived by his brothers Andrew and wife Ann of Grapevine, TX and Robert and wife Linda of Ft. Pierce, FL; sisters Joyce Ciaffaglione of Farmington and Joan Smith and husband Daniel of Ft. Pierce, FL and by his children Elaine, John, William and wife Diane, and James as well as step-children Brian and wife Patricia, Carol and husband Greg, and Bruce. He dearly loved his grandchildren Sheri, Amanda, Kimberly, Ali, Kyle, and Dylan as well as his great-grandson Landon and many cherished nieces and nephews. John proudly served in the U.S. Army, CT National Guard, CT 1st Co. Governors Foot Guard and was a member of American Legion post 1771, Officers Club of CT, 169th Infantry Veterans Corps and numerous other organizations.
Calling Hours will be Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at Brooklawn Funeral Home in Rocky Hill, CT. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Mary Church in Portland, CT followed by interment with full military honors at CT Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CT National Guard Foundation, 360Broad St., Hartford, CT, 06105. For online guest book and more on John's life, please visit

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Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 3, 2013