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Charles Bodnar Jr.

Charles Bodnar Jr., 81, of Northampton, died Jan. 7, 2021, at Phoebe Nursing Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Patricia (Solderitz) Bodnar for 57 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Charles Sr. and Nesttie (Kyra) Bodnar.

He was a cryptographer when he was in the U.S. Army.

He was a machinist at Bethlehem Steel for many years.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.

He was with Northampton Borough Council for more than 30 years, of which he was president for 11 years and a constable for six years. He was a life member of Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 and Tri-Boro Sportsman Club.

He was on the Northampton Recreation Center board. The exercise room was named in his honor. He was a board member with the Northampton Borough Water Authority for 25 years and the Northampton Community Center board for 24 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lori Schwartz and her husband Lou and Cathy Bendekovits and her husband John; four grandchildren, Emily, Sarah, Nathan and Alyssa; two brothers, Theodore and his wife Janette and James and his wife Mary Ann; a sister, Veronica Kurtz and her husband Robert; nieces; and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, John; a grandson, Justin; and a brother, Roger.

Contributions may be made to John Bodnar Scholarship Fund Ltd., P.O. Box 71, Northampton, 18067; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, memorials giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements were made by Reichel Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.