Raymond G. Bodnar, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2020 at the age of 86 to join his beloved wife, Jane, of 60 years. Ray was an upstanding, kind, and decent man who held a deep love of country and community. For over 53 years, Ray proudly and faithfully served his beloved Munhall community in different elected roles, including borough auditor, council member, and retired as Mayor of Munhall in November of 2017 following 31 years of contiguous elections. During his tenure as Mayor, he was an integral member of a partnership which worked towards local revitalizations, including the Waterfront and Main Street developments. He was honored by his fellow Munhall council members on February 18, 2016 when it was locally declared "Raymond G. Bodnar Day," and again on November 5, 2017, when Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, extended the same recognition county-wide.
Ray's passion for community service extended to other governing bodies around Allegheny County, including the Steel Rivers Council of Government, of which he was a past President, the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania State Mayors' Associations, and began a "Munhall Government Day" for local elementary school students to participate in local government for the day which was later adopted by other municipalities and school districts. As a Korean War era veteran who served in the United States Army, Ray was dedicated to honoring past and present veterans during the annual Munhall Memorial Day parade and Veterans Day programs and was former Commander of Charles A. Griffin Post #207 that coordinated the military program and other events. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Homestead Council, the Catholic War Veterans, was a former long-time usher at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, and volunteered for many years as a coach and sponsor for the Munhall and Steel Valley baseball teams.
Ray is welcomed home by his beloved late wife, Jane (Bakaysza) Bodnar; parents, George and Anna (Dzunko) Bodnar; and siblings, Irene Celovsky, and George, Michael and John Danscak. He is survived by nieces and nephews and their families; and the residents of the Munhall community. Private services have been entrusted to the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3501 Main Street, Munhall, Pennsylvania 15120. Interment at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cemetery, West Mifflin. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Church, Munhall and the American Heart Association. Special thanks to Bridges Hospice and Compati Home HealthCare. Condolences may be left at www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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St. Therese of Lisieux Church
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American Heart Association
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