Bernard Chandler Sr.

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August 8, 2012

Bernard Francis Chandler Sr., 83, of Plains Township, passed away at the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

Born April 20, 1929, in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Dr. Fred H. Chandler and Isabelle K. (Gallagher) Chandler.

Bernard was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1947, and a 1960 graduate of Wilkes College. He also attended Temple University and the State University of New York at Albany. He taught math and science at Coughlin High School and Plains Junior High School, retiring after 33 years. He was a member and treasurer of the WBEA. He also was a member of the WBAEA and the PSEA.

Before becoming a teacher, Bernard was an aviation cadet at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas. He was also assistant manager at the Planters Peanut Store in Wilkes-Barre and manager of the Planters store in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Bernard was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Miners Mills, where he received all his Sacraments. Upon closure of Blessed Sacrament, he was a member of Saint Benedict Parish.

He was preceded in death in 2011 by his wife of 61 years, the former Bernice Alice Smith; sister, Rose Chandler Hughes; brother, Frederick Chandler; sons-in-law, Edgar Strong Massey Jr. and Edward Eugene McCarthy.

Bernard is survived by daughters, Catherine Oliveira and her husband, Victor Hugo Oliveira, Saint-Lazare, Quebec, Canada; Deborah Zuzelski and her husband, Louis, Hudson; Barbara Massey Goglia and her husband, Michael, Towson, Md.; Alison McCarthy, Laflin; Susan Finn and her husband, Thomas, Mt. Penn, Pa.; sons, Bernard F. Chandler Jr. and his wife, Deborah, Bel Air, Md.; and Steven Chandler and his wife, Holly, Exeter; grandchildren, Caitlin Oliveira Vilar, Steven Oliveira, Louis Zuzelski Jr., Juliann Mosley, Julia Cortese, Catherine Massey, Edward Jr., Alissa and Aileen McCarthy; Erin Grosz; Jessica, Kimberly and Leisa Chandler; Kelly Steffy, Thomas and Caleb Finn; Shane and Ian Chandler; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Benedict's Parish, St. Dominic Church, 155 Austin Ave., Parsons. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. There will be no additional calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Bernard Chandler may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Arrangements made by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Online condolences may be made at

Published in Times Leader on Aug. 10, 2012