July 10, 2013
Nicholas John Bereschak Sr., Colonel, USAF, PaANG (Ret) Hershey, passed to the bosom of our Lord on July 10.
He was born in Maple Ridge in 1923 to father, Nicholas Bereschak, and mother, Susan Bereschak.
He lived in Shenandoah and graduated from West Mahanoy Township High School in 1941.
He enlisted in the Army
in 1943 and completed pilot training in 1945, and subsequently attended Penn State University
. He joined the PA Air National Guard in 1949. During his military career, he served during World War II
and flew combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam war
s. His first command position was with the 148th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Reading, and he later assumed command of what would be become the 193rd Tactical Electronic Warfare Group at Olmstead Air Force Base, Middletown. He accumulated more than 15,000 flight hours during his long and distinguished career. He served as group commander until his retirement in 1979.
He was a member of St. Ann's Byzantine Catholic Church since its founding in 1963.
He is survived by Eleanore Souchak Bereschak, with whom he was married more than 50 years; a daughter, Barbara A. Bereschak (Tom M. Imboden); sons, Nicholas J. Bereschak Jr., Brian P. Bereschak, Thomas A. Bereschak (Chrissy Trexler); sisters, Mary J. Mazur and Helen L. Bereschak; sisters-in- law, Helen F. Bereschak and Dorothy Souchack; and brother-in-law, Russell Souchak (Dorothy).
Panachida will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Monday followed by visitation until 8 p.m. in the Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Route 422 and Lucy Avenue, Hershey. Divine Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann's Byzantine Catholic Church, 5408 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Interment with military honors will immediately follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to his church. Share condolences at www.hooverfuneralhome.com