Bernard T. “Birdeye” Ward, 84 of Washington died Thursday-January 4, 2018 at the Washington Hospital after a brief illness. He was born October 20, 1934 in Washington the son of the late Thomas B. & Mary B. Bredniak Ward. Mr. Ward was employed as a glass feeder at Brockway Glass #7 for 34 years until his retirement. He was a member of the St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church. He was a 1953 graduate of Trinity High School. Mr. Ward loved watching all sports and also loved fishing, gardening, was an avid hunter & loved feeding wildlife. He was a member of the Slovak Club, the Pulaski Club, the Polish Club, the Moose Lodge # 22, the VFW Post # 927 and the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post # 175. Mr. Ward served in the United States Army during the Koren War receiving the Good Conduct Medal.
On November 1, 1980 he married Alice Marie Brown who died January 5, 1996.
Surviving are three daughters; Jody (Michael) Levy of Washington, Lori (Mark) Knotts of Washington & Cristy Berry of Washington ,one sister; Jane (Gus) Fedis of Washington, 5 grandchildren; Joseph Avolia, Samuel (Karae) Avolia Jr., Haylee (Timothy) Dames, Hunter Lynn Berry and Hannah Christine Knotts. Six great-grandchildren along with several nieces and cousins also survive. A long-time companion; Helen Frabell of Washington also survives.
In addition to his mother, father and wife, Mr. Ward was preceded in death by a son-in-law; Steven Berry Jr.
Friends will be received on Sunday-January 7, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at E. Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. The Moose Lodge # 22 will render a service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening in the funeral home. A blessing service will be held on Monday-January 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home followed by burial at 2:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Full military rites will be accorded by the United States Army and the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post #175. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com