Albert B. Blodnikar, of Vandling, died Wednesday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Plains Township.
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Born in Vandling, he was the son of the late Frank and Anna Kepic Blodnikar. He was educated in the Vandling School, and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific theater with the Marines Corps, and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Coleman Kause Chapter 554, where he was a past commander and a trustee, He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Cerra-Leo Chapter 98, Carbondale; the Marine Corps League, Carbondale Detachment; the Italian American War Veterans Electric City Post 33, Scranton, where he was a past sergeant-at-arms, and was a charter member. He was also a lifelong member of VFW Post 4712, Simpson, and American Legion Post 524, Forest City. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Church, Forest City, and the American Slovenian Heritage Club of Forest City. Before retirement, he was the owner-operator of ABC-A-Builders, Forest City.
An avid fisherman and hunter, he was also a member of the Cadusia Hunting Club, Hancock, N.Y. He was instrumental in building the DAV building in Dupont, where veterans are still enjoying his handiwork, dancing and partying. He lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed horse racing, traveling and volunteering at the VA Hospital.
Surviving are a son, Albert Blodnikar Jr., Browndale; three daughters, Mary Ann Munley, Union Dale; Debbie Yeich, Forest City; and Michele Durmiaki, Forest City; three stepchildren, Lisa and Tim Martin, Mayfield; and Kim Barnes, Springfield, Va.; five grandchildren, Marielle Munley, Union Dale; Tania and Andrea Durmiaki, Forest City; and Samantha and Hunter Martin, Mayfield; two sisters, Mary Beautz, RR Forest City; and Jennie Baileys, Browndale; and two brothers, Anthony, Clifford and John, Browndale.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Blodnikar and Angeline Bedene; and a brother, Frank.
The funeral will be Monday from the Jones and Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City, with Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church. to be celebrated by the Rev. Patrick L. Albert, pastor.
Interment, parish cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
Jones & Brennan Funeral Home
430 Main Street
Forest City, PA 18421
Published in Scranton Times on June 1, 2007