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Robert R. "Tino, Brez" Bereznak

Robert R. "Tino" "Brez" Bereznak, 61, of Drums, passed away late Thursday evening at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington.

Born in Hazleton, July 24, 1952, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Frances (Marshlick) Bereznak and spent most of his life in Drums. He did, however, spend some of his younger years in Germany and Kentucky, and also spent some time in Hughesville.

Brez, along with his wife, Diane, was a Social Club Manager and Caretaker at Highland Lake Manor Social Club, Hughesville, and Valley Regional and Butler Township fire companies. He had also previously worked as a chimney sweep for Cherry Ridge and Mr. Chips Chimney Services.

He was a life member of the Butler Township Fire Company. He was also a member of the Highland Lake Manor Social Club and the Sons of the VFW. He enjoyed hunting, NASCAR and football, especially the Miami Dolphins.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, Frank.

Surviving are his wife, the former Diane Shelhamer, to whom he would have been married 18 years on Sept. 23, however, they had been together for 29 years; two sons, David, Ebervale, and Brian, Hazleton; a granddaughter, Cambria; two sisters, JoAnn Eckrote, Hazleton, and Nicholene Kokiko and her husband, Andrew, Drums; three brothers, David and his wife Judi, Fort Worth, Fla.; Paul and his wife, Patrice, Powhatan, Va.; and Michael and his wife, Deena, Tomhicken; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums. Burial will follow in Drums Community Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497, or online at www.fccc.edu. Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be entered and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com.

Published in Times Leader on Sept. 9, 2013
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