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Leo “George” Bodnar of Brookfield

Leo George Bodnar, WWII Navy Veteran, of Brookfield, passed away November 21, 2018 at the age of 97. “George” was born February 21, 1921 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Louis and Pauline (Cvicek) Bodnar. He married Irene C. Kardos on July 15, 1944. She preceded him in death on September 8, 1986. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Edward and Donald, his son, Glenn Bodnar, and his son-in-law, Dave McIntire. Survivors include his loving son and daughters: Jan (Ralph) Bone, Ron Bodnar, Karen Bodnar and Pam McIntire; grandchildren Ryan (Jenni) McIntire and Matt (Niki) McIntire; great-grandchildren Landon, Audrey and Chloe McIntire; long-time loving companion Barbara Szybowicz; brother-in-law Harley Higgins and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank his neighbors on 27th Street, Brookfield, for their generous support and assistance during the last few years of their father’s life. After retiring from the Illinois Bell Telephone Company, George began his second career as a 25+ year volunteer at the Helping Hand Thrift Shop in Brookfield, where he was known for his ability to repair watches, clocks and everything mechanical. Later, he volunteered at the Community Shop in LaGrange, benefiting the Community Nurse Health Center. Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 10:00am-1:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside. Chapel Service 1:00pm. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Helping Hand Center in Countryside, Pillars Community Health in LaGrange, Catholic Charities or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: Johnson-Nosek Funeral Home, Brookfield. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.JohnsonNosek.com. Info: (708) 485-0214.

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Krin, I am answering for my brother Lucian and sister-in-law Rosalie unsure about their seeing your reply. Tatiana Lucian and Rosalie Blazej 50 Laidley Street San Francisco, Ca 94131

Lucian Robert Blazej Nov 27 2018 2:28 PM

Dear Karin and all in attendance, I am thinking of you and connecting mentally with all the family and fiends gathered together today to remember George the father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, helper, neighbor, and much much more. I wish I could be there with you to give a hug, to meet you, to reminisce , to hear stories I have not heard before, to remember The photo posted in the obituary is a great way to remember George smiling, always positive even when delivering a small health related complaint, well informed, inquiring, thinking, calling back to crosscheck information, leaving behind an uplifting feeling when the phone was put down that is how I wish to recall George . As portrait in the photograph smiling: I am the lucky one Yes, I still live in Raleigh Over Thanksgiving we visited our son Andrew who was studying in Madison but as of January this year has been in Cambridge, MA. This was our first visit there and that is from where I was emailing earlier. We have returned home last night. I would very much like to have a prayer card and so would other family members. Thus, my address: Tatiana Blazej Seltzman 4604 Hiddenbrook Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609 Phone: 919-876-6556 Please, if you do not mind sending several prayer cards to send to our cousins in SK, I would be grateful and they would be most appreciative. We have at this time six cousins living in Slovakia: Agata is in her 90s, than three in their 80s Maria, Magdalena, Ivan and two in their 70s Tibor and Eva. The three of us here Anton, Lucian and I are in our 70s. Sadly, in addition to George, we have lost two cousins earlier this year Anton Hollan in SK and John Ondrejicka in Florida; both in their early 90s. If possible, I would like to keep up in some contact with the Bodnar family and provide/exchange information for the generations that follow. Thank you for providing that opportunity. As I promised Ralph Bona, I will forward the family tree information that I have gathered. With thoughts of you, gratefully, Tatiana

Tatiana Blazej Seltzman Nov 27 2018 2:07 PM

Thank you for your thoughts. Id like to mail a prayer card from his service, but dont find your address in Dads address book.

Krin (Karen) Bodnar Nov 26 2018 7:43 AM

Tatiana, thank you for your post. Dad spoke of you and I know youve sent cards. I have Dads address/phone book. Unfortunately his handwringing is difficult to read. Was hoping to send prayer cards from Dads service. Are you in Raleigh, NC still?

Krin (Karen) Bodnar Nov 26 2018 7:38 AM

During a cross country road trip in 1967 we stayed with Aunt Paula and Uncle Lou, and first met cousin George, who was and remains 25-years older than we. We are saddened to hear of cousin Georges passing and wish to extend our sympathy to the entire Bodnar and McIntire families. Cousin Lucian and Rosalie Blazej San Francisco, CA

Lucian Blazej Nov 25 2018 11:14 PM

Dear Family, Please accept my most sincere condolences! It is with great sadness that I learn of the death of our/my cousin George my example, after his mother, in living well into the 90s. He often told me that he was the lucky one, the one with the longest life in our generation. Ours has been mostly a long distance contact mostly by phone and thus I will miss hearing his voice. We have been blessed by few visits in the last ten years and these leave me with few lasting memories of George. George has been admired by his cousins here and in Slovakia and thus it is with heavy heart and tears that we part with him but continue to think of him with a smile and remember him with fondness. Our thoughts are with you. Cousin Tatiana

Tatiana Blazej Seltzman Nov 25 2018 8:35 AM