Charles P. Bednarik
1925 - 2015
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Bednarik, Charles P.Charles P. Bednarik, 89, of Coopersburg, died on Saturday, March 21, 2015. He was born May 1, 1925 in Bethlehem; son of the late Charles A. and Mary (Pivovarnicek) Bednarik. Chuck is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Emma (Margetich) Bednarik. Chuck was a graduate of Bethlehem (Liberty) High School, where he was an outstanding scholar athlete. He proudly served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII as a gunner aboard a B24 bomber, flying in 30 missions over Germany. He earned an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters as well as five battle stars. Upon his return from war, Chuck continued his academic and football career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a two time All-American. He also earned the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player. The last of pro football's 60 minute men, Chuck was the first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949. He won two championships during his fourteen seasons for the Eagles. Chuck's performance in the 1960 championship game is one of NFL legend. He was on the field for every offensive and defensive play, making the game saving tackle of Jim Taylor to preserve the Eagles 17-13 victory. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Chuck is also a member of both the University of Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley Hall of Fame. The college football defensive player of the year award, given annually, is named after Chuck. In 2010, the Walter Camp Foundation selected Chuck to be named their recipient of the Distinguished American Award. He was an avid golfer and in 1975 he won the club championship at Whitemarsh Country Club. He loved Polka music and playing the harmonica and accordion. Chuck was also a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Coopersburg. Survivors: He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Emma; daughters, Charlene Thomas and husband, Jon; Donna Davis, Carol Safarowic and husband, Ken; Pam McWilliams and husband, Ed; and Jackie Chelius and husband, Matt; his grandchildren, Jennifer Thomas, Christine Pryor, Lauren, Ryan, and Sean Davis, Stephen and Charles Safarowic, Hannah and Becky McWilliams, Ben, Kyle, and Kurt Chelius and a great grandson, Sonny Pryor. Services: Visitations will be held at The Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 12 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 617 A Main St. Hellertown, PA 18055 or The Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem, 115 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Condolences may be offered online at www.connellfuneral.com.



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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 24, 2015.
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November 25, 2016
Valenda Newell
April 25, 2016
April,2016 STILL CAN SEE NUMBER 60.

AN HONOR TO MEET HIM. PROUD TO WEAR HIS NUMBER.HE WAS MY HERO.HE WAS A GENTLEMAN.
ALL FOOTBALLERS WILL REMEMBER HIM AND MISS HIM.
D. S
July 8, 2015
With deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May it comfort you to know that he will return to the days of his youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25.
Carol
May 7, 2015
I caddied for Mr. Bednarik at Saucon Valley C.C. in the 1980s then met him a few times later, through Slovak Catholic Sokol functions in Bethlehem, PA. What impressed me then was his humility and gratitude for the role the "Sokols' played in his early life. May God bless him and all those "old timers" for their faith in God. We need them now; and they are praying for us from heaven.
Fr. David Begany SSJ
April 16, 2015
The toughest ever. Rest easy Chuck. The last of the iron men literally.
jeff thomas
April 6, 2015
When I met Chuck, I was with my son and daughter, the first thing he did was ask my kids to give him a big hug. He had a never ending smile . He talked with us until we were ready to leave. No other NFL player was ever as big hearted as concrete Charlie. Chuck you treated us like family, I feel so lucky to have met the man I looked up to and will always look up to until my time has come. I am going to have your jersey passed down from generation to generation and never let it leave my family. God bless you and your family, from the Sabatino family.
Anthony sabatino
March 31, 2015
Emma, It was a great pleasure meeting you & Chuck at Trimmer's Grove & The Musikfest. God's Blessings. Regards, Paul Arlene Paliscak ( Slovak Friends From Washington, NJ}
March 31, 2015
Emma,
So sad to hear of Chucks passing. He was a fine gentleman and I remember the good times he had with Bob and the Penn team. My thoughts are with you. Take care.
Beverly Sponaugle
Hershey, Pa
March 28, 2015
Chuck will be remembered as a "tough as hell" NFL pro. But he is less noted for his 28 missions in WWII as a belly gunner in a bomber. Another of the Greatest Generation gone, but most certainly, not forgotten! We'll miss you, Chuck!
Bill Collins
March 28, 2015
My condolences to the family. Donna, I don't know if you remember me, but you and I used to be friends when we both worked at Seltzer years ago. I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. I hope you are well, and I pray that your family is comforted with peace and happy memories.
Gloria Fallacara Pinsker
March 28, 2015
My condolences to the family,
Comfort, peace and hope to your hearts.
"Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God"
Elizabeth
March 27, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family and all his fans for your loss may you find strength in god prayers for you all *RIP*
Becky Gutierrez
March 27, 2015
MY SYMPATHY TO THE BEDNARIK FAMILY; MAY THE GOD OF COMFORT GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS TIME OF MOURNING DRAW CLOSE TO HIM AS HE PROMISES TO DRAW CLOSE TO YOU.
ANITA
March 27, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Bednarik. I sincerely hope that loved ones, friends, and fans find comfort In knowing that he lived life to the fullest and enjoyed each day. Surely such a man is precious in God's eyes.
Dianne
March 27, 2015
CHARLES YOU DID SO MUCH AND WHAT A HANDSOME MAN YOU WERE
MAY THE LORD COMFORT YOUR SOUL AND COMFORT THE ONES WHO LOVE YOU IN THIS SAD TIME. NOW YOU AND YOUR BROTHER ARE TO GETHER. GOD BLESS.
JULIE ROSARTIO
March 27, 2015
My sincere condolences to the Bednarik family in their time of grief. Chuck was my earliest football hero, and still the greatest "Iggle" of all time. R.I.P. #60 - thanks for the memories. You played it the way it was intended to be played...
Mike Larcombe
March 27, 2015
So very sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. Our deepest condolences to your entire family!
Patrick and Jo Ann Stofanak & Family
March 26, 2015
Sincere condolences to Emma and the Bednarik Family. He is a True Legend. I had the good fortune to meet him several times and enjoyed the stories he shared.
Tom Oswald
March 26, 2015
God will remember Chuck in paradise. (Luke 23:43)
Ce
March 26, 2015
My condolences to the entire Bednarik family. One of the last of a dying breed may have physically left us here on earth but legends never die. Anytime I hear the name Charlie Bednarik I think of one phrase and one phrase only.."When Men Were Men". Rest in Peace Charlie. We Love Ya!
Roy G
March 26, 2015
Deepest condolences to Emma and family. I remember Chuck coming into the bank I worked at in Coopersburg. He always told me to put a smile on my face. He was a great man and will be sadly missed.
Ashley Mattazzo
March 26, 2015
My sincere condolences, let the memories of your loved one always remain and let the Almighty God grant you peace and comfort.
March 25, 2015
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time Ps 46 : 1
March 25, 2015
Dear Bednarik Family,
Deepest sympathies on the passing of your patriarch. As a lifelong Eagles' fan, Mr Bednarik embodied everything a football player should be! As a man, he served our country proudly with the courage of a lion. He always stayed true to his roots in Bethelehem and to his family and friends. May your body and soul now forever rest in peace and may our Lord welcome you home into paradise! RIP #60 !!
Pat Larrea
March 25, 2015
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I went to OLHC with Charlene back in 1960-1964--I remember going to her house when her Dad was playing with the Eagles-I remember all the trophies & awards--So very sorry for your loss--Please contact me at nankelly411@gmail.com--it would be nice to hear from you Charlene--Nancy Reilly Kelly
March 25, 2015
MR Eagle the greatest rest in peace.I grew up from you and your your family a few houses down from yours on stoneman st at hillside ave.Met you many times you were a great patriot and family man.Your love for this country is equal to your love for the game of football. You are my hero.I know how you went to daily mass and I will pray for your soul.
anthony tratnyek
March 25, 2015
Charlene, Do you recall your dad being generous (or brave) enough to visit your journalism class at Montco in the late 60`s? He was special-- My husband (who died in Aug.) and I met your parents in the Quakertown Mart a few years ago--I cherish the memory. My sympathy. Mrs. Diane (Whitehead) Horan dhoran55@aol.com
Diane Horan
March 25, 2015
With condolences on the loss of such a family patriarch & sports legend! Glad I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bednarik thru my flower shop!! Sincerely, Hannah Pennewell Poole
Hannah Poole
March 25, 2015
May the Beautiful Memories of Chuck Bednarik provide Solace and Strength to the family during this difficult time. May the family find comfort in God's promise of life without end in Paradise. Matthew 5:5 ,Act 25:15
Sage
March 25, 2015
God Bless to one tough guy. Lest we forget, Chuck also served his country in the skies over Europe during WWII. Thank you for your service, and Rest In Peace.
Steve Savage
March 25, 2015
Deepest sympathy to Emma and family on the loss of such a great man. He remains a gentle spirit in my memory. Dobru Noc, Chuck!
Val Derstine
March 25, 2015
Thank you for 1960 Chuck. Eagles fans will never forget you.
March 25, 2015
Chuck was a true Philadelphia legend. Being a lifetime football fan I grew up hearing about his legendary skill and grit. He will be missed. My condolences to the Bednarik family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
March 25, 2015
Emma and family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Chuck. He was a wonderful man and will truely be missed by all who knew him. RIP my dear friend. God Bless all and cherish the memories.
Jim, Maryann & Alex Paluch
March 24, 2015
GOD BLESS YOU CHUCK. tough as steel,, but gentle as a man,, go with God,speed.
rob tappan
March 24, 2015
I'm truly sorry for your loss.
May God clothe you with strength in the days to come. Psalm 18:32.
G. Cooper
March 24, 2015
I want to send my deepest condolences to the Bednarik family. My father John grew up with him on the South Side of Bethlehem. From what I've heard and read he was an absolutely remarkable man. God Bless him he has a special place in Heaven and he made this little town of Bethlehem proud.
Debbie Spadaccia
March 24, 2015
We were very sorry to hear about Chuck and we would like to express our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Bednarik and family. We have many fond memories of Chuck and his family that goes back years. My family and I have always considered ourselves very fortunate and are very proud to have known Chuck. He was a great man in so many ways and never forgot his roots. God bless you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steve "Doc" Sydorak Jr. and wife Donna
March 24, 2015
I have fond recollectionss from my boyhood in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, when a bunch of us would hang out at the local sporting goods shop while Mr. Bednarik held us spellbound with story after story about his football-playing days. He seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. He gave us lots of his time and many unforgettable memories. What a gentle giant!
Clifford Kuhn, MD
March 24, 2015
Dear Jackie and family, very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I hope the many great memories you all share will be a comfort at this sad time.
Anita Finelli Maura (Moravian '85)
March 24, 2015
May precious loving memories bring you Comfort for today, Strength for tomorrow, and Peace in the days ahead ~ with sympathy Joe & Bonnie Bednarik, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
March 24, 2015
Enjoyed playing golf with Charley and Frank Weaver when I visited my home town from Dallas. Also recall times when I was about to graduate high school and playing week end baseball against Charley, he never got a hit off me, never liked the high fast ball. Happy to see he had a full and happy life. Old great times. Dick Getter. Dallas. Texas
Dick Getter
March 24, 2015
Our sympathy goes out to all of Chuck's family. We missed seeing him and Emma sitting in the front row seat in St. Joseph's. He was and always will be "Mr Eagle" a man who played for the love of the football game not the money!!! His body and mind are resting in peace.
Audrey & John Luzenski
March 24, 2015
Mr. Bednarik, football and the Lehigh Valley have
rendered up a treasure. I'm certain you will be
sharing stories with other greats like yourself.
may God Bless you. Gary, Whitehall
March 24, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Bednarik family. May he rest in peace.
Bob Donchez
March 24, 2015
A beautiful man inside and out. May your life continue on through our memories. You will be truly missed. I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing you.
Bertha Mathis
March 24, 2015
Warmest condolences to the Bednarik family.
Connie Boyle
March 24, 2015
Me & Chuck at Christmas time, he loved my cutouts!
Maryann & Jim Paluch
March 24, 2015
So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bednarik when my son, BIll and his grandson Charlie played for the Horsham Hawks and he came to a game and talked to the boys. He was kind and patient and got on the field and gave them pointers. My son still has his dirty jersey that the great Chuck Bednarik signed behind glass. God bless your family, I will keep you all in my prayers.
Judy Markoski
March 24, 2015
Pam and entire family, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing! As lifelong Eagles fans my husband's family has always spoken highly of him. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, the football card he signed for me is a treasure. Have comfort in knowing he was loved.
Robin bedford
March 24, 2015
Thank you for living the life you lived, and may you Rest in Eternal Peace.
Stephen Constantine
March 24, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
March 24, 2015
My heart goes out to you Emma and to the rest of the Bednarik gals. He was a great inspiration.
Roger Zarzycki
March 24, 2015
God has a wonderful angel with him. I am so glad I had the honor of meeting you.
Michele Specht
March 24, 2015
May the hope that the God of all comfort provides to see our loved ones again bring strength to the family during this difficult time.
Brenda C
March 24, 2015
So sorry for your loss. He had a great life!
I grew up one block away from his parent's house on the south side.
Joe Kramer
March 24, 2015
So sorry for the death of concrete Charlie,may the family have peace by means of our Creator and his mercy.......
March 24, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
AM
March 24, 2015
Dear Bednarik Family,

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of a true family man, an incredible athlete, and a Bethlehem legend. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bednarik on several occasions. I will cherish those opportunities. Mrs. Emma Bednarik's parents were neighbors of mine growing up in Bethlehem. God Bless to the family of Mr. Eagle.
Vincent Belletti
March 23, 2015
I caddied for Chuck at the 1962 PGA PRO AM when I was a student at Villanova. He was a true gentleman and wanted to know about my studies and the football team and not about the 60 championship game. May you rest in peace Chuck you are a true hero and a credit to our country. GOD BLESS
JACK WHALEN
March 23, 2015
Your Dad knew my Dad and Uncle, Rex and John Vrecsics. I'm sure they' chillin in heaven. The only sports figure autograph I have and cherish.
Bob Vrecsics
March 23, 2015
San Fran 2014
My deepest condolences to the Emma, Pam and the rest of Chuck's girls. May God hold you firmly in His arms through out this time your lives. It very comforting knowing we will all once again be together in our Creators presence someday soon.
Love and hugs to all of you.
Gary Kurtz
March 23, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and Chuck may you rest in peace
Ruth Sadler
March 23, 2015
Greatness !!
Al
March 23, 2015
I am so sad to hear about the passing of
Chuck I was his caregiver for a while and he taught me how to speak slovak my thoughts and prayers go out to the family God bless you
Ruth Sadler
March 23, 2015
The Penn Newman Catholic Community remembers one of their own. Praying for the repose of the soul of Chuck Bednarik and for his family and loved ones during this time.
Penn Newman Catholic Community
March 23, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
March 23, 2015
Concrete Charlie, you were my idol. I was honored to have met you at lunch at U Penn. My condolences to your family. Bill Lang, a center
March 23, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family on their loss maythe family find comfort at Joh. 5: 28,29.
L. T.
March 23, 2015
five daughters.......no wonder he was so tough!
sandy wilson
March 23, 2015
Best of the greatest.....
Rest in peace Chuck

Drew-Baederwood
March 23, 2015
So sorry to hear about the death of mr. Bednarik may the God of all comfort be with you all .and may God wipe all tears from your eyes
shirley kilgo
March 23, 2015
Michael Torrence
March 23, 2015
REST IN PEACE CHUCK. SINCERELY, PAUL KNECHT
PAUL KNECHT
March 23, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathy. May the peace of God be with you all in this time of sorrow. Rom 15:33.
G J.
March 23, 2015
Chuck's Girls,

Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one. You will always have his precious memories in your hearts. Our prayers are with you. May the God who gives peace be with all of you.-RO.15:33
March 23, 2015
Chuck, you were the best. You played the game clean, no dirty hits. Just good solid football, we could use you now. You were also a Tribute to
the Army Air Corp. R.I.P. # 60.
Eagle fan.
March 23, 2015
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest Charles, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
March 23, 2015
Sorry to hear about your loss. May you find hope in the God of all comfort. 2 Cor. 1:3-5
March 23, 2015
Chuck spoke at a Banquet we had in 1970 for our King's College football championship Team. He had us all in awe..Lou Michaels and I were in his company a few times afterward. Charlie never changed. He and Lou always carried their Rosaries. God bless you "Concrete Charlie".. Your heart was pure love.

Edd Brominski
March 23, 2015
Mr. Bednarik would work out at Franklin Field while we were in the gym getting in shape to play for Penn (1965). He was a very respectful and dignified man that loved his Quakers. Dr. Dick Bridy
Dick Bridy
March 23, 2015
Rest in Peace Chuck. One of your many many Fans.
March 23, 2015
You were getting tired, as everyone could see
and a cure, from all those hard hits, was not to be.
So we put our arms around you,
And gave you permission to rest.
We wanted to keep you with us,
But knew, it was not best,
With tear-filled eyes we watched you,
Slowly fade away.
Although we loved you deeply,
we knew you could not stay.
A golden heart stopped beating;
hard-working hands now rest.
We will see you soon our dear one
In paradise,full faculties and full of zest.
Gabby
March 23, 2015
Pamela,I was sorry to hear of your fathers passing.
Fletcher walls
March 23, 2015
the greatest eagle and a great man.
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