Leonard Sahonick

MOUNT CARMEL — Leonard Sahonick, 76, of 23 W. Railroad St., passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born Oct. 20, 1936, in Shamokin State Hospital, a son of the late Oscar and Florence (Burkoski) Sahonick.

He was a 1955 graduate of Coal Township High School.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving the following medals for his service: National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Bronze Star and Meritorious Unit Citation. He retired from the U.S. Army after serving for more than 20 years, attaining the rank of senior staff sergeant.

He married Margaret R. (Reichwein) Sahonick, who preceded him in death July 27, 2001.

He was a member of the Church of Our Lady, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2110 in Mount Carmel, and a member of the Brady Fire Company, Ranshaw.

Surviving are his best friend, Betty Jarosiewicz, of Mount Carmel; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joe and Heather Sahonick, of Kingston, and Tony Sahonick, of Denver, Colo.; a stepdaughter, June McIntyre, of Kulpmont; a stepson, Ronald Berresford, of Locust Gap, and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Ronald Sahonick.

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SAHONICK — Leonard Sahonick, 76, of 23 W. Railroad St., Mount Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church of Our Lady, Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Francis Karwacki as celebrant. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Viewing will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Mount Carmel Public Library, 30 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel 17851.

Published in The News Item on Feb. 16, 2013