COAL TOWNSHIP — Peter W. Bendas Jr., 80, of 1278 Pulaski Ave., passed away Friday, April 2, 2021, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born June 8, 1940, at the former Shamokin State General Hospital, a son of the late Peter and Helen (Archeskie) Bendas.
In 1959, at the age of 18, he met the love of his life, Patricia Herb. Two years later, he blissfully married her Oct. 28, 1961, in Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, with the the Rev. Constantine Berdar presiding at the ceremony. This year they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Pete was a hardworking and proud anthracite coal miner his entire life. He worked at the former Glenn Burn Colliery, in Shamokin, until its closing, and was also a self-employed coal miner.
In 2008, he was blessed to have survived a brainstem stroke.
He was a member of Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, and was also a life member of the Brady Fire Co.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Patricia, include four children, Peter Bendas and his wife, Karen, of Coal Township, Patrick Bendas and his wife, Elizabeth, of Kulpmont, Patricia Jones, of Coal Township, and Donna Sienkiewicz and her husband, Henry, of Coal Township; 11 grandchildren, Evan Bendas, Jennifer Mitchell, Danielle Bendas, Sophie Mae Bendas, Patrick Bendas Jr., Zachary Jones, Jessica Jones, Celine Jones, Scott Sienkiewicz, Kaitlyn Sienkiewicz and Isibelle Sienkiewicz; nine great-grandchildren, Parker, Dylan, Samuel, Khloe, Rosalie, Sonny, Seger, June and Zayne; three sisters, Patricia Jeffery, of Kulpmont, Theresa Street, of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Dollie Warsheski, of Mount Carmel; three brothers, Ed Bendas and his wife, Ann Marie, of Kulpmont, Frank Bendas and his wife, Linda, of Aransas Pass, Texas, and Chris Bendas and his wife, Amy, of Hinesville, Georgia; nieces and nephews; and a lifelong friend, more like a brother, Bob “Mugo” Chladek, of Ocean City, Maryland.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Bendas and Joseph Bendas; and a son-in-law, Randy Jones.
A quote from his granddaughter, Danielle Bendas:
“Your legacy Pap, is one filled with love, pride and laughter.
“Mamam was your love, and it was evident how much you adored her in all your words and actions. Every greeting from you was a kiss and I love you, and every departure the same. If we forgot or tried to leave without one, we surely were getting a call in the car to give Pap a kiss, and you made sure Mam would get hers first.
“You carried yourself with so much pride, never leaving the house without a pair of dress slacks, jacket and a cap.
“You were so proud of your career as an anthracite coal miner, with the different relics and memorabilia in every corner of your home. You would use these as a discussion piece to tell visitors a good mine story or two.
“You were so proud of your family and heritage, making sure we all knew your brothers and sisters, with Saturday visits when you were able. You also told us lots of stories, and wanted us to know the names of those we hadn’t met.
“You were so proud of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and displayed every gift, picture and art project any of us had ever given you. You would always be sure to highlight the most recent additions for anyone who would come to visit.
“Your laugh is something that can’t be described, and won’t ever be forgotten by those blessed enough to have heard it.
“Love you Pap, rest easy, and we will see you again when our work here is done.”
BENDAS — Peter W. Bendas Jr., 80, of 1278 Pulaski Ave., Coal Township. Relatives and friends are invited to a Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, with the Rev. Mykola Ivanov as celebrant. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Coal Township. Due to current restrictions on gatherings, a viewing for immediate family members only will be held at the Stephen A. Chowka Funeral Home, 114 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin. Masking and social distancing per guidelines is required at all services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, 303 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin 17872.