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Edward Joseph Szymczak
Edward Joseph Szymczak, age 79, of Bloomsburg, passed away peacefully on Friday June 8, 2018 at Grandview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Danville.
Born in Kingston on June 1, 1939, he was a son of the late Walter E. and Bernadine T. (Konesko) Szymczak of Larksville.
Edward was a graduate of Kingston High School, Class of 1957 and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1961 and a Master's degree in Education, both from the former Bloomsburg State Teacher's College.
He was married to the late Alice T. Szymczak in 1968. He taught fourth and fifth grade math and science in the Bloomsburg Area School District for 37 years. He was also the head coach of both the boys cross country and boys track and field teams from 1963 to 1998. During his coaching career, his teams won several league and district championships, along with numerous district individual championships. He was voted coach of the year in 1977, 1990 and 1993, by his track and field peers.
"Shimmer" devoted his life to serving his community. He was an active member of St. Columba Parish, receiving recognition for outstanding service on the school board, Parish Council, finance committee and Eucharistic Ministry. He was a life member of Bloomsburg Elks Lodge 436, serving on many committees, and served as Chairman of Youth Activities for 25 years, and served as Exalted Ruler from 1975-76. In his retirement , he enjoyed watching the Phillies, socializing, playing cards, golfing and drinking coffee at Dunkin Donuts. He was a people person; always smiling and always quick with a word of encouragement, or "hey buddy"!
Surviving are three daughters: Alise Seibert, Bloomsburg; Kathleen Szymczak, East Haven, Conn.; Leanne Szymczak, Los Angeles, Calif.; four grandchildren: Thomas, Michael, John and Deven; and a sister, Charlotte, wife of Edward Yarmel, Larksville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10 a. m. in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron Street, Bloomsburg, by his pastor, Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence. Interment will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 6-8 P. M., at the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg, with a Christian Wake Service starting promptly at 6 p. m. An Elks Memorial Service will be held at 7 p. m., after which friends and family are invited to share a remembrance or other recollection about Edward.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edward Szymczak Scholarship Fund on GoFundMe (gofundme.com/edward-szymczak-scholarship-fund).
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Grandview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their support in his final days.
My condolences to your family. I had Mr. Szymczak for my fifth grade in Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School. We really liked the way he worked with our class, and we learned a lot from him. One of our spelling words was his last name. I can never forget how to spell Szymczak. Later, my father, Robert Naunas, Sr. befriended him as a golfing and pool buddy. I would hear stories of Ed from my dad. My dad really enjoyed his company as well as all of their other friends like Jack Lenhart and Ben Alter. They were a close nit group and enjoyed getting together. He will be missed.
Bob Naunas, Jr Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa, although we haven't spoken or been in touch for many many years, you were my first best friend and some of my earliest memories include you, and that includes your Dad. My latest memory is running into him a few months ago and introducing our (he knew and coached my husband, Steve) grandchildren to him! The look on his face that I am old enough for grandchildren spoke volumes!
Your parents live on thru you and your memories. You are in my prayers!
Crystal (Jerrold) Tarlecky Jul 5 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry maiden name was wrong... Crystal HERROLD Tarlecky
Crystal Tarlecky Jul 5 2018 12:00 AM
God Bless You all - what a great man. Always a "BIG" smile and "BIG" hello whenever you would see him. He surely will be missed.
Maryann Lapchak Jul 2 2018 12:00 AM
Mr Szymczak, Sorry for your loss!
Ed was my teacher and my track coach. He always had a smile and great sense of humor. He pushed all of kids to try hard and work hard in track. he will be missed.
Tim Bradley class of 77
Tim Bradley Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM
Mr. Szymczak was a great man. He was a great 5th grade teacher and well respected by his students. I will miss seeing Ed around town. He was a staple of our fine community. Rest In Peace, Ed!
Dick Klingerman Jr.
Richard Klingerman, Jr. Jun 24 2018 12:00 AM
Ed was a great guy. I coached against him when I was the track & field coach at Southern Columbia. I first met him when he was the assistant basketball coach in my Dad's one season as head coach at Bloomsburg High School in 1966. He was an upbeat person. I really enjoyed being around him. He will be missed.
Jim Doyle Jun 24 2018 12:00 AM
Coach will forever be teaching. Moving from this life will not change that. I am sorry for your loss.
Brad Rhone Jun 21 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Mr. Szymczak's passing. He was a great teacher who helped this struggling student learn math in fifth grade. I also had him as a track and field coach in high school. I will never forget when he made the shot putters run his "fat man" relay. Great memories. Thinking about the family during this difficult time.
Scott M. Long Jun 21 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry about the passing of your dad. He was a great gentleman! Always encouraging, always asking about the other person & the issues they might be having & rarely speaking of his own issues.
He will be missed & remembered fondly.
Mary Boudman Jun 18 2018 12:00 AM