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“Greg and the Barnic family,Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. He was one of kind, a great person. As we were becoming...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Malia - Old Forge, PA

“Our sincere sorrow over the loss of your Father and husband . We were away and unable to attend. SincerelyLewis and Joan Migal ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Lewis and Joan Migal

“Dear beth and family so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Timlin - Avoca, PA

“I have such nice memories from so long ago of a wonderful Uncle, always smiling and so charismatic! God rest his soul and God bless your family - I...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Kimberly

“Dear Patsy, Stevie, Greg, Shannon, and Lee,I woke up this morning and read the obituary of your amazing father. I wish I could be with all of you...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I have many fond memories of my Uncle Steve. He had incredible energy and just the biggest heart. I was very saddened when I heard the news. I...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jo Anne Guzzi Liples

“Greg and family,Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Deb Ferri - Old forge, PA

“We have know Steve for many years and have always admired his spirit and energy. He will be missed and our thoughts and prauers are with the Barnic...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: The Petras Family

“Greg and Shannon, my deepest sympathy.Sincerely,Pat Dattilo and family. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Pat Dattilo - Old Forge, PA

“I feel privileged to have known Steve and will miss his visits to the dealership. I'm sure he shared over 100 of his stories with me and never told...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Tom Hourcade

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May all of your fond memories help to heal your sorrow. In reading the obituary, he sounded...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Carol and Paul Alexander - PA

“Our prayers are with all of you. Mr. Barnic was always a pleasure to have at our restaurant. With deepest sympathy, ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Joe and Patti McHugh - Vero Beach, FL

“Greg, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Sherry Walsh - Carbondale, PA

Stephen "Steve" John Barnic, 89, passed away suddenly on September 23, 2013 in his home in Old Forge, PA where he resided with his loving wife of 68 years, Leona "Lee" Barnic. He was born on August 27, 1924, to the parents of Stephen Barnic and Sophie Douglas Barnic in West Scranton, PA. Steve and Lee were married on May 5, 1945 shortly after returning home from Iceland where he proudly served his country in World War II while enlisted in the Construction Branch of the U.S. Navy. This Battalion of personnel, created with the intent to be able to combat the logistical and infrastructure challenges of fighting in distant theaters around the world while supporting the U.S. Navy and Marines, would be officially named the Seabees. Their motto was "Construimus, Batuimus" -"We Build, We Fight." That experience would never leave him and his legendary stories of crossing the North Atlantic Seas and bearing the winds of Reykjavik will remain with his children and grandchildren forever. Steve worked his entire life. His father was a Burschel Dairy Milkman in West Scranton and as a young boy of only eight years, he arose each morning around 4AM to run the wooden cases of milk, cream and butter from the horse-drawn wagons to the homes of Scranton. Afterword, he would complete his paper route before he headed out for school. After school, he would work at the local drugstore stocking shelves, mopping floors, serving ice cream and filling candy bags until closing. By the age of sixteen, he became the personal chauffer to Mr. James Blair, a prominent and affluent banker in the city whose stately, white and recently renovated home still stands today as an iconic structure on the corner of Jefferson and Mulberry. From there, he departed the area for employment in Rhode Island where he worked a lathe in a defense plant that manufactured submarine components. While in Rhode Island, the War escalated and like many of our young men of that time, he enlisted in the service. After his return from overseas and subsequent marriage to his wife, he began working as a mechanic for Coyer Motor Company on Wyoming Avenue. His intelligence, personality, mechanical skills and work ethic were soon to be noticed by more than just his employer as Chrysler Corporation of Detroit, MI would soon offer him a position within their Service Division in the Philadelphia Zone. Again, he showcased both his mechanical and personal communication skills as he excelled in various roles within the division. His people skills would attract the most attention and Chrysler soon promoted him to a management position within their sales division where he would spend more than 25 years of his successful 34 year career before retirement in 1989. His personality and genuine love of people would continue to until his death. The employees of many of the areas grocery stores and pharmacies are sure to be able to recant daily encounters with Steve with a smile on their face. He and his wife Lee had 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who they loved dearly. Life, though, would take a harsh turn for them in their latter years as Alzheimer's would strip away his wife's memory of their entire life together. He cooked for her, cleaned for her and cared for her every need until the moment of his passing. There is no doubt that the Lord has prepared a special resting place for him. He will be missed by all who knew him and he will loved forever by his family. Steve was preceded in death by a son Brian. He is survived by his wife, Leona; his daughter Patricia and husband Joe of Old Forge, his son Stephen and his wife Beth Ann of Inkerman, his son Greg and his wife Colleen of Moosic, and his daughter Shannon and her daughter Rhyan of Old Forge; 12 grandchildren; Joseph Gaughan, Shelly Egan, Kelly Dolphin, Amy Gaughan- Kurpiewski, Kevin Gaughan, Stephen Barnic IV, Erin Sciandra, Kara Wrubel, Christopher Barnic, Brittany Barnic, Bridget Barnic and Rhyan Barnic and 12 great-grandchildren. A 9:15AM blessing service by Rev. Francis L. Pauselli will begin the funeral on Friday from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, 620 South Main Street, Old Forge. Interment with full military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 5-7:00PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stephen's name to St. Ann's Basilica's Stations of the Cross Memorial, 1250 St. Ann Street in Scranton, PA., 18504.

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