Michael Bodnar, 99, Indiana, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022, while at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.
Born November 8, 1922 in Emeigh, Pa, he was the son of Andras and Mary (Barta) Bodnar.
Michael was the youngest of eight children (all deceased). He attended Cherry Tree High School where he and his brother Joe were starters on Cherry Tree’s last undefeated football team.
Later he attended Indiana State Teachers College in Indiana, PA Receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Education.
Michael later received a Master’s Degree in the Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Michael served in the Signal Corps during WWII and followed General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army through Europe He was stationed in South Hampton England during D-Day battle. With the secrecy of the attack inferred, he felt something was going on as he witnessed damage planes returning. About two weeks post battle his unit went to Normandy.
Employed as a teacher at Harmony School in Westover, PA he was well received by his students as he tried to motivate them to excel. He also was the Varsity basketball coach at Harmony until his retirement.
His interests included team sports, hunting, and fishing and taking many trips with his family throughout the world.
He also was an avid golfer and worked as Manager of the Chetremon Golf Club, Cherry Tree.
Michael was a current resident of St Andrews Village and a member of the Graystone Presbyterian Church.
Michael will be remembered as a very humble man who loved his family including nieces and nephews.
Surviving is son Kevin, Indiana.
Preceding Michael in death were his parents; wife, Lois Jean (Leamer) Bodnar; siblings, Elizabeth, Margaret, Helen, Andrew, John, Mary and Joseph.
Funeral arrangements will be private and under the supervision of the John A Lefdahl Funeral Home.
Burial was conducted in the Oakland Cemetery.