Mary Ann D. (Hayes) Bednar
1947 - 2021
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MOUNT CARMEL - Mary Ann D. (Hayes) Bednar, 73, of 304 Turnpike St., passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Mount Carmel Senior Living Community.

She was born in Betsy Layne, Kentucky, Nov. 24, 1947, a daughter of the late Ernest and Dorothy (Vrabel) Hayes.

Mary Ann was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School.

She married Leonard V. Bednar, in Shamokin, Dec. 16, 1972. Together they shared 48 years of marriage.

She worked as a seamstress for a local garment manufacturer, was a gardener for Knoebel's Amusement Resort and later worked as a home health care aide.

She was a member of Divine Redeemer Church.

Mary Ann was devoted to her family, often working countless hours making dozens of her homemade perogies and canning peaches and pears for the winter. She spent many evenings at the kitchen table helping her daughter with homework, playing board games and doing puzzles together. She loved all the holidays, but Christmas was her favorite. She enjoyed the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree, shopping in the crowded malls and especially attending Christmas Eve Mass.

After her retirement, Mary Ann cherished her time spent in the backyard caring for her flowers and birdwatching while her Pomeranian, Bambi, kept the bunnies at bay.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Leonard Bednar, of Mount Carmel; a daughter, Christian Ierley and her husband, Shawn. and their son, Brighton, of Wellsville; a brother, William Hayes and his wife, Joanne, of Kulpmont; three sisters-in-law, Sally Bednar, of Barnesville, Maureen Doyle and her husband, Tony, of New York, and Patricia Bednar, of Coal Township.

BEDNAR - Mary Ann D. (Hayes) Bednar, 73, of 304 Turnpike St., Mount Carmel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Divine Redeemer Church, 300 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Ryan Fischer officiating. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Viewing will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, C.J. Lucas IV, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Divine Redeemer Church, 438 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel 17851, or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 47 S. Market St., Mount Carmel 17851. To send condolences to the family, go to

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Published in The News Item on Feb. 6, 2021.
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