56, of Mt. Lebanon and Harrisburg, passed away October 26, 2013, after a courageous fight with cancer. Beloved daughter of the late Buz and Skippy Scheimer; beloved wife of Joe Bednarik; devoted sister of Alan (Deborah) Scheimer, Craig (Penne) Scheimer, and Gary (Dode) Scheimer; doting aunt to 11 nieces and nephews. She was an esteemed attorney and impassioned animal welfare advocate. She was director of Character and Fitness for the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners from 2010 to 2013, former Disciplinary Counsel for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and former assistant district attorney for Allegheny County. Combining her love of animals and law, Ms. Bednarik founded and served as first chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 2005, Governor Ed Rendell appointed her to serve on the Dog Law Advisory Board, where she helped pass regulations on commercial puppy mills. She taught Animal Law as an adjunct professor at Penn State Dickinson. She and her husband, Joe, helped to transport dogs from kill-shelters to safe environments. After Hurricane Katrina, they aided in the rescue of abandoned dogs in New Orleans. She adored her two rescue dogs, Trina and Wendy. A 1975 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School, Ms. Bednarik received her B.A. in social welfare from Penn State University, her M.S.W. from University of Maryland and her J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was selected College Marshall at Penn State. Her adventurous spirit and battle against cancer and polycystic kidney disease were profiled in a story in the Harrisburg Patriot News. ( She inspired many with her generosity, courage, and passion for life and will be greatly missed by the many people and animals whose lives she touched. Friends will be received noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Twp., 15220, with service to follow at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to Animal Legal Defense Fund, 170 East Cotati Ave., Cotati, CA 94931 or Partners in Health, P.O. Box 996, Frederick, MD 21705-9942.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2013