Bernadine Alfreda (Bernie) Stachowiak

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Bernadine (Bernie) Alfreda Stachowiak was born Jan. 14, 1929, in Nanticoke, to Vincent Anthony Zanowicz, a coal miner, and Frances Grzymski Zanowicz. She was the oldest of three girls.

Bernie was qualified and certified as a registered nurse in 1950 and worked in nursing for many years before retiring in November 1986. Her husband, John Ladislaus Stachowiak (deceased), also grew up in Nanticoke, the son of a coal miner. They were married on June 21, 1952, and moved to Warren, where they raised four children, John, Susan, Rick and Katie.

Bernie and John retired to Lakeland, Fla., to be near her sister, Lee, and brother-in-law, Henry Krason. After John's passing, her sister, Ann Warkomski (deceased), lived with her for several years. Bernie loved the beach and the warm climate of Florida. She moved to Kennewick, Wash., four years ago and became the life and joy of the Parkview Estates Retirement Community. Her favorite pastimes were reading mysteries, shopping, and trying to rule the bingo games. She liked watching TV, especially football. Her favorite teams were Notre Dame and the Pittsburgh Steelers; her least favorite teams were whoever was playing Notre Dame and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bernie passed away quietly on Sunday, April 8, 2018, with family by her side.

She is survived by her sister, Lee Krason (Hank) and her four children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: John and Janet Stachowiak, their children, Kristofer Stachowiak (Ann Jones), Loren Gifford (Tom), and Rachael Stachowiak, and Kris and Ann's children, twins Emily and Alex, and Audrey Stachowiak; Susan Gubala Anderson; Richard Stachowiak (Lesley Wildfong) and sons, William (Dana Rudy) and Anthony Stachowiak (Grace Stranch); and Catherine Ann Anderson (Will).

A gathering of friends was held at the Parkview Estate Retirement Home on April 21, 2018, to celebrate Bernie's life. Bernie's final resting place will be beside her husband in St. Mary's Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre. A memorial service for family will be held June 9 at the graveside. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home in Kennewick, Wash., is handling arrangements.

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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Times Leader from May 15 to May 16, 2018