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Bernard J. Ziomek

March 1, 2017

U.S. Veteran

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The funeral with military honors will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City with mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City.   Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dickson City.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary’s’ Visitation Church, Dickson City.  To leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.

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Bernard J. Ziomek

March 1, 2017

 

Bernard J. Ziomek, 75, of Scott Twp., died Wednesday March 1, 2017 at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore after a 9 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  Bernard and his wife the former Mary Ann Regis celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on December 29, 2016.

 

Born in Pittston, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary Mancus Ziomek and he was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City.  He was educated at St. John the Baptist school and Pittston High School, class of 1958.  He served with the US Army and he was a member of Pennsylvania National Guard.

 

His career in Sporting Goods began in 1964 with Jerry’s Sports Center (JSC, Inc.) as Employee #2.  He rose through the ranks to Vice Chairman working 48 years for the company.  During this time he built the business from a single location in Montdale, PA.  He acquired several businesses including Bonitz Bros., Harrisburg, PA, N.E. Jerry’s Newington, CT, Simmons, Kansas City, MO, Outdoor Sports, Dayton, OH, Scranton Lace Co and he was a partner in the Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA.  He built Jerry’s Sports Center into the largest sporting goods distributor in the Country.  He retired in 2009 to his Lake Wallenpaupack summer home joined by his family.

 

 

Bernie hunted in many locations including Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Eastern Shore of Maryland and Anticosta.  Bernie had many notable hunting friends, John Panattiere, Chuck Yeager, Bob McNeil, Lee Iacocca and Andy Maseyko as well as many other friends in the sporting goods industry.  He was a lifetime member of the NRA.

 

Throughout his life he was a very kind and generous person supporting St. Francis Assisi Kitchen, Scranton, St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City, Scranton Preparatory School and as well as other organizations.  Bernie was a corvette enthusiast who enjoyed his yearly family vacations to Sand Bridge, VA.  He also enjoyed spending holidays with his family, but mostly he loved the time spent with his grandkids.

 

He taught his grandkids how to stay humble, and most importantly to love family.  He not only was there for them during their accomplishments, but he also comforted us in their sorrows.  When things got tough, grandpa always told us, “When you fall down 7 times you get up 8 times.”  St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Go set the world on fire.”  He believed that each one of his grandkids had a light inside of them.  He knew that the grandchildren each had their separate gifts in life.  Before he passed he told his four grand kids how unbelievably proud of them he was and to continue chasing their dreams.  The journey of life with grandpa was a wonderful one, and we know for sure it hasn’t ended.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Suzanne Hine and husband, Robert, Olyphant and Paulette Meta and husband, Michael, Archbald; grandchildren, Dr. Robert Hine Jr., Towanda, Ashley Hine, Olyphant, Alec Meta, Rochester, NY and Celeste Meta, Archbald; he is also survived by Mary Ann’s many cousins.

 

 

The funeral with military honors will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City with mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City.   Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dickson City.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary’s’ Visitation Church, Dickson City.  To leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.