John M. Bednar

October 30, 1926 - March 16, 2020

John M. Bednar


Poplar Grove IL

John M. Bednar, of Poplar Grove, IL., passed away peacefully, Monday, March 16, 2020 in Belvidere IL.  John was born October 30, 1926 in Chicago IL, the son of Anna and John Bednar Sr.  John married the love of his life, Gloria (Charbonneau) on July 29, 1950.  She preceded him in death on January 17, 2018.

John graduated from Kelvyn Park High School 1945 class and then attended Illinois Art Institute of Chicago IL.  John was a former Hillside IL resident, and was retired from Sears Roebuck and Company, where he was an employee in the Test Lab both on Homan Avenue, and then at the Sears Tower. 

John was a US Army World War II veteran, serving from July 1945 until he was discharged January 27, 1946, as a Corporal.  He served in Germany working under the 4th Armor division, 37th Tank Battalion.  He also worked as an interpreter for the polish guard unit which pulled guard duties for American complexes, under the 1036 “Labor Supervision Company”.  

John and Gloria enjoyed traveling in their retirement years together and with their group of friends.   John made his spiritual home at Saint James Catholic Church in Belivdere and was a prior member of Saint Domitilla’s in Hillside. 

John will be missed by his loving family, children Mark (Athlyne) Bednar, Keith (Jill) Bednar, Susan (John) Anderson, and Troy Bednar; grandchildren Mike Bednar, David Bednar, and Carolyne (Joe) Crawford; great grandchildren Noah, Silas, Jonathan and Lucy; sibling Dennis Bednar.  He is preceded in death by his loving wife Gloria, his parents, sisters, Mary and Susan.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to John’s caregivers Shirley and Dina for all their love and compassionate care for John.

The memorial service for John and Gloria Bednar will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements have been made with Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services.

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My families thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Todd Cooper 2020-03-19T07:21:13

Its been my pleasure to take care of Gloria and Mr.John for the last four years I will really miss Mr. John in the time we spent together. May he rest in peace

Shirley Griffin 2020-03-18T17:49:51

I was delighted when a year or two ago John contacted me reminding me he took my job as company clerk in Company A, 37th Constabulary Squadron in Germany in the fall of 1946. Though we were together only a few weeks — I was anxious to head for home — we had some good times together, and I knew he would do an excellent job as my replacement. A fine man and an excellent soldier in Germany in 1945 and 1946.

Robert Underbrink 2020-03-18T13:09:50

I can’t help but recall the many laughs shared with Grandpa. The stories while we fished in the U.P. of Michigan, and coming home from Combat in Iraq, the sharing of war stories that I had not previously heard. I’m going to miss the warm smile most of all, and the “smooth” handshakes we often joked about. Until we meet again, my love and thoughts are with you and Grandma.

David Bednar 2020-03-18T10:47:08

Dear family,
God will watch over Uncle John and he is now with the love of his life, Aunt Gloria. He was truly a wonderful man that always spoke so highly of my mother. I always appreciated that since I knew so little about her. He gave so much while he was on this earth. God be with all of you during this time of trial and sadness.

Sandie and Greg Quiniff 2020-03-18T10:29:07


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