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Family man formed bonds during civic service

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Bernard V. Lesniewski of North Versailles died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.
Bernard V. Lesniewski of North Versailles died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

Bernard Lesniewski had two great loves in his life: his family and his work.

“Family was definitely number one,” said his son, James Lesniewski of Elizabeth Township. “He would have taken a bullet for any of us. When he dedicated (himself), he dedicated 110 percent.”

Bernard V. Lesniewski of North Versailles died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth Health Care. He was 79.

Born March 3, 1935, in McKeesport, he was the son of Anthony and Eva Heitz Lesniewski.

He worked as a carpet salesman until the late 1960s, when he broke his leg and no longer could do the job, his son said. A councilman offered him a job as an inspector, and he worked in engineering from then on.

He helped start a Pittsburgh branch of the Engineering Architecture and Design Services Group, or EADS, based in Altoona.

He worked with numerous municipalities as an engineering consultant for EADS, but his relationships with clients went beyond that.

“He was very much into his job,” his son said. “The people he met were not only his customers, but he turned them all into friendships. Even after he retired, he still ran with some of the local councilmen and their wives, as friends.”

Mr. Lesniewski retired in 2003. He was a two-term member of East Allegheny School Board, from 1979 to 1987, and he was the board's president during his second term.

He had a summer home in Crawford County that he loved dearly.

“He and mom loved to just get in the car and go up there and drive in the country — just ride for hours, looking at the country and seeing deer,” his son said.

In addition to his son, he is survived by daughters Karen Ricke and Rebecca Myers, both of North Versailles; his brother, Anthony Les-niewski of Irwin; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lesniewski's wife, Sally, preceded him in death, as did his sister, Martha Lesniewski.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Corpus Christi Parish, with the Rev. Michael Maranowski officiating. Procession and burial will follow in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery in White Oak.

Megan Guza is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 724-779-6902 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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