Edward Fabian Bernatowicz, age 87, of Kingwood, WV, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at Pine Ridge Nursing Home.
He was born April 7, 1932, in Snyder, WV and was a son of the late Louie Frank and Stella (Gerasimovich) Bernatowicz.
Edward was a 1949 graduate of Kingwood High School. Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War. He was also a member of the National Guard for 28 years. He attained the rank of Sergeant 1st Class with the 201st Field Artillery Battalion. He was employed as the assistant manger of A & P Grocery Store in Kingwood for 25 years. In 1975 he fulfilled his dream and became the owner and operator of the Western Auto Store until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Kingwood, the Knights of Columbus, and the Kingwood Lions Club where he served as secretary for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pauline Ann (Krupinski) Bernatowicz, whom he married on February 14, 1953; one son and spouse, Eric and Becky Bernatowicz of Kingwood; five daughters and spouses, Vicki and Jim Cole of Tunnelton, Dianne Livengood of Kingwood, Julie and Roger Britton of Kingwood, Carolyn Pratt of Kingwood, Stephanie Bernatowicz of Kingwood; four brothers and spouses, Francis and Elaine Bernatowicz of Warren, OH, John and Kay Bernatowicz of Tunnelton, Ludwik and Joyce Bernatowicz of Kingwood, and Patrick Bernatowicz and Loretta of Kingwood; three sisters, Rose Ann Lenhart of Kingwood, Antoinette “Toni” Bernatowicz of Tunnelton, and Teresa Spear of TN; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Jennifer Livengood-Wieloh and Rick, Matthew Livengood and Dee, Sibyl Taylor and Tony, Nathaniel Pratt and Kristen, Rachel Breland and Conner, Hannah Bernatowicz and Chris Sphar, Wyatt Bernatowicz, Dustin Britton and Brandon, Shawn Britton and Kylee, Brittany Shaffer and Steven; 13 great-grandchildren
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Marion Metea; one brother, Joseph Bernatowicz; three brothers-in-law, Jim Lenhart, Fred Spear and Cornell Metea.
* SPECIAL NOTE, Due to the current restrictions set forth by the CDC, there will not be a public visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date, which will be open to the public. A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery with Father Andy Switzer officiating.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made in Edward’s memory to the St. Sebastian Altar Society, 322 East Main Street, Kingwood, WV 26537.
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