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Bernard J. "Bernie" Swankoski
Bernard J. “Bernie” Swankoski, age 63, of Catawissa, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.
Born in Hazleton on December 7, 1957, he was the son of Helen (Homa) Swankoski of Freeland and the late Walter Swankoski.
Bernie owned PCPLUS, a computer consulting company, with his wife Linda, however his greatest talent and accomplishment was as a guitar player and musician playing with many local bands, including Totally Unplugged, with his wife.
Bernie was a master musician, delighting any who heard him with his skillful and “from the soul” guitar playing. He along with his wife spent over thirty years entertaining throughout the area with their music.
Bernie had many interests including computers, bowling, flying model planes, antiquing, and recently he discovered the joys of camping. He and his wife also spent many happy hours taking rides in the country with his beloved dog, Peanut. He will be remembered for his quick wit and humor, and devotion to his many friends and bandmates.
Special thanks to Geisinger Hospital, HFAM and Knapper Clinic for their excellent care during his brief illness. Thank you to his friends and family who reached out to us with love and support.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister Mary Louise Jordan.
Surviving in addition to his mother is his wife and soulmate, the former Linda Colosimo; a daughter Jayne Bromiley and her husband Brian; his three grandchildren: Isla, Nora and Cillian; two brothers, Walter and his wife Karen and Karl and his wife Cindy; a sister Judy Edwards and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at 11 a. m. in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg with the Rev. Gordon E. Smith, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Espy officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park at Lime Ridge. Viewing will be from 10-11 a. m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
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It was an amazing moment of serendipity that you don't appreciate as such at the time, but one that you are able to look back upon and realize how lucky the intersection of things was in that moment. Stephanie and I were looking for something to do on a Friday in Bloomsburg -- not an easy task mind you -- and her mother said she had seen that a restaurant at the mall was having live music. Given we enjoyed going out to listen to music -- and there weren't other options -- we went to the restaurant. When we walked in, there might have been 10 people there, and then there was this duo nestled in one corner, playing as if the crowd was 10 times that size. We got a booth in a good position to see and listen to them. I loved every song they played, and the guitar player was great -- well, that was what Stephanie said because she was a music major and certainly had a better ear for that than I did. On their first break, the duo came over and thanked us for being there and for being so into the music ... I remember saying that was easy when it sounded so good. That was our introduction to Linda and Bernie. We stayed until they were finished playing, thanked them for their amazing sets, found out their upcoming shows, and the rest is history. We went to see them play regularly for years until we moved out of the area. Everywhere we went, they would talk to us on their breaks, and they became our friends. I am sure I am not the only one who realizes that my life was enriched by their music, and by having been friends with them beyond the music, but it needs said anyways. I know Bernie has gone to a better place, because that is where people with hearts and souls like his are destined to go ... I am just thankful I had a chance to be a part of his life while he was in this place because he was a special person.
Brett Criswell Nov 7 2021 12:00 AM
Linda, so very sorry about Bernie! We had so many great times with you guys! You always provided the best entertainment!! Sorry Kenny & I will be unable to attend the service but my thoughts & prayers are with you today!! May you find the strength to rock on as Bernie would have wanted it that way!!!!
Sandy & Kenny Cusatis Oct 16 2021 12:00 AM
I am broken and without words at the loss of my best friend. Bernie will always be a part of all who knew and loved him. I miss you bud!
Jack Mulhall Oct 15 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Linda and Family, I am terribly sorry for your loss ! So many wonderful memories, great times starting back at Evans Roadhouse! In Drums so many years ago, I wanna say at least 20 ? Wow! Those were the good ol days . I remember you used to have me play the tambourine, what fun we had! Thank you both for the beautiful memories, treasure them always. My heart goes out to you at this time and always! Much love,
Nora Saleeba Oct 15 2021 12:00 AM
Bernie always took the time to talk to me. Kind and friendly. I will miss yelling 'Zeppelin' ! whenever I saw him play. He always came through even if it wasn't part of their setlist. Will truly be missed. R&R heaven bound. Later, Bernie. Condolences to Linda and the family.
Ed Banja Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM
My condolences to your whole family.
John Yanuzzi Oct 11 2021 12:00 AM
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