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Bernard Charles Litzelman

August 25, 1942 — March 27, 2022

Bernard Charles Litzelman, age 79, lifelong resident of Dushore, PA, embraced life on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at his home.

 

Bernie was born in New Albany, on August 25, 1942, a son of the late George A. and Loretta Prichard Litzelman. He attended St. Basil’s High School and entered into the United States Army on March 24, 1964. He served during the Vietnam War with Co. B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Artillery, with the 1st Armored Division, where he earned an expert classification in rifle and pistol as an E-4 Specialist, stationed in Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. He was honorably discharged in March of 1966. He grew up working on the family farm and married Elaine M. Kemick on May 27, 1967. They would have celebrated their 55th anniversary this year.

 

Bernie was an accomplished and expert carpenter, masonry, furniture maker, house builder, etc. To put it plainly, you named it and he could do it. To express these qualities, he in turn worked for several different area contractors: himself, Stanley Bohensky, Dave Brown, Bob Koffel, Ed Sroka, and Lynn Myers.

 

He was a loving and thoughtful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather known as “Papa”. He enjoyed being with his family and loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing with his buddies, tending to his garden, and keeping his outdoor wood burner and other equipment in pristine condition.  Feeding and watching the birds on his porch was a nice relaxing pastime for him…naming a bird that came in to see him every day “Beeker”.  Most of all, he used creative, unique ideas which were expressed through his carpentry for his personal work and in helping others.

 

He was a member of St. Basil’s Church in Dushore, PA, and a life member of Loyalsock Post #996, American Legion, Dushore, PA.

 

Bernie is survived by his wife Elaine. His daughter, Suzanne E. Litzelman-Jordan and his son-in-law Jeff Jordan of Muncy Valley, PA. His son, Bernard W. Litzelman and his daughter-in-law Linda Litzelman of Binghamton, NY. His grandchildren Jianna E. Jordan and Jeffrey W. Jordan, both of Muncy Valley, PA, Jacob Charles Litzelman of Binghamton, NY, and one great-granddaughter, Ember Elaine Barto of Muncy Valley, PA.

 

He is also survived by his brothers, Donald Litzelman and wife Shirley; Gordon Litzelman and wife Sandy, all of Dushore, PA.  Sisters, Mary Jane Trasco of Wyalusing, PA, and Marlene Pardoe of Forksville, PA. Sister-in-law, Ann Moore Litzelman of Jacksonville, FL. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was predeceased by his twin brothers: George Raymond Litzelman, on March 3, 2008, and Gerald George Litzelman on November 10, 2018; and a sister, Marie Broschart, on September 11, 1973.

 

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, 224 Bernice Road, Dushore, PA, or the American Legion, Post 996, PO Box 171, Dushore, PA.

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.

 

To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com

 

** A note for you Bernie, from your family: “We extend to you, Bernie, “B”, Dad, Papa, our personal thank you and sincere appreciation for your honorable service to our country, for being always concerned about our safety, making sure everyone was home safe and sound, and for being such an important part in our lives! We love you forever and always!!!  Fly High and Happy!!!!” **


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