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Bernard "Bernie" Staranko

October 26, 1935 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Bernard Staranko Obituary

Bernard “Bernie” Staranko, 88, of Charleroi, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024. He was born on October 26, 1935 to the late John Staranko and Rose Rutsky Staranko.


Bernie was a carpenter by trade and a talented handyman, working for Lee Norse, Guttman Oil, and a multitude of family and friends. He graduated from Charleroi Area High School with the class of 1954 and served our country as an Army Reservist. He was an avid fisherman, traveling to Alaska, Canada and Lake Erie for trips with his sons and friends. He enjoyed spending time with friends at the various social clubs in the Mon Valley. He was a Free Mason at Lodge 337 and spent many years as a volunteer fireman and member of the fireman’s clown squad.


Surviving to cherish Bernie are his wife of 65 years, Lora Lee Madzy Staranko, sons Michael (Shawn) Staranko and John (Jane) Staranko, grandchildren Aaron Staranko, Shauna Staranko-Scott (Reverend Lee Scott), Madison Staranko (and son Spencer), Hayden Staranko (Haley Norkus), Marty Doctorick (Brooke Puskar) and Paige Doctorick (Luke Schorr). Bernie had a special love for his great granddaughters, Makenley Constantino (and her parents, Joe and Heather) and Mary Etta Jane Scott (age 3, who served as his little doctor during his recovery this past year). He leaves behind his beloved pet, Walter. Also surviving are his siblings, Alberta O’Brien, Eleanor Custozzo, Robert Staranko(Beverly) and Leonard Staranko, Brother in law Theodore Madzy(Edna), Sisters in law Myra Motycki, Marlene Tokar and Carol Green, many nieces and nephews and dear friends.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother John Staranko.


Bernie was a voracious reader and a Charleroi Library supporter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John K Tener Library in Bernie’s memory.


A receiving of friends and family will be held from 11:00 to 3:00p.m., at which time a memorial service will begin at 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at HOGAN-MELENYZER FUNERAL HOME, 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, PA 15022. Online condolences may be sent to the family at 

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March 6, 2024

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Hogan-Melenyzer Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
226 Fallowfield Ave
Charleroi, PA 15022

Memorial Service
March 6, 2024

3:00 PM
Hogan-Melenyzer Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
226 Fallowfield Ave
Charleroi, PA 15022


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