Bernard A. "Red" Ponko

  • Born: October 8, 1954
  • Died: November 9, 2019
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Saloom-Rega Funeral Service

730 W Main St
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

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Tel. (724) 547-2122

Tribute & Message From The Family


Bernard A. "Red" Ponko, Jr.,65 of Mt. Pleasant passed away Saturday November 9, 2019.

Red was born October 8, 1954, the son of the late Bernard A. Ponko, Sr. and Kathryn Albright Ponko. He was a 1972 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School and a retired cabinetmaker for Kitchen Gallery, Hunker. He was a member of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Mt. Pleasant and held membership at the Kosczuisko, Falcons and Slovak Clubs, Mt. Pleasant. Red was a master gardener, throughout his life enjoyed playing and watching sports and constructing various projects, desks, bookcases, cornhole boards and many others for his friends and relatives. He always had a special nickname for everyone he knew and his favorite saying was, ''Have an ideal day, may the dear Lord take a liking to you."

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jurkovic Ponko;Step-son, William "BJ" Farrell (Melissa) of Connellsville; step-grandchildren, Geno and Rocco Farrell; his brothers and sisters, Virginia "Gin" Puskar (Bob) of Mt. Pleasant, Thomas Ponko (Lynn) of Grove, OK, Francis "Buddo" Ponko (Louise), Marianne Bailey (Leonard) and Margaret "Sue" Senko (Ed) all of Mt. Pleasant; nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Ponko and daughter, Syndney, Amber Pacella (Matt) and their daughter, Charlotte, Aleissa McAteer (TJ), Stephen Senko, Austin Bailey, Noah and Joshua Ponko.

In addition to his parents Red was preceded in death by a nephew, Ryan Senko, a brother, Jerome J. Ponko, and a sister-in-law, Christine Ponko.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 to 8 pm Tuesday at SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE 730 W. Main Street Mt. Pleasant where services will be held at 10AM Wednesday with Fr. Joseph F. Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.

Please visit Red's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook.

Richard Rega, funeral director.


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ponko family. Frank and Eleanor McGrogan

Posted by A friend   November 20, 2019

Buddo....My thoughts are with you and your family on the passing of Red. My hope is that when you think of him his smile and laugh will bring you and your family peace. He was one of the good guys.

Peace. Bud Zeman

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2019

Red played a huge and wonderful part of Ray, Suzy, Jarret, and my life for so many years!
He brought joy and hugs, encouragement and laughter to everyone- we were shaped by our blessed time with him.....

Posted by Elizabeth South - Latrobe, PA - Friend   November 13, 2019

R.I.P. Red
Thank you for being such a big part of my life when I was younger, you were like an uncle to me when I was growing up.
Thanks for teaching me basketball & supporting me in so many things growing up.
It meant a lot to me that you read one of the reading verses at my wedding.
Your smile & laugh could light up any room, you were loved by so many.
You lived a full life & fought with illness for many years.
Unfortunately it's been a couple years since have seen you after you left work at Kitchen Gallery.
Always enjoyed our talks when I'd come visit my Dad at lunch.
We all were on our way to pay our respects to you this evening, but unfortunately due to the snow storm that came through today caused some unsafe road conditions, we were unable to see you.
Rest Easy now .... much love always.
Love, Suzy S.

Posted by Suzy S. - Latrobe, PA   November 12, 2019

R.I.P. Red
Thank you for being such a big part of my life when I was younger, you were like an uncle to me when I was growing up.
Thanks also for teaching me basketball & supporting me in so many things growing up.
It meant a lot that to me that you read one of the reading verses at my wedding.
Your smile & laugh could light up any room.
You were loved by many.
You lived a full life & fought with illness for many years.
Unfortunately been a couple years since have seen you after you left work at Kitchen Gallery.
I always enjoyed our talks when I came to visit my Dad at lunch.
We were on our way to pay our respects this evening but the snow storm that came through today caused some dangerous road conditions & unfortunately we were unable to get there safely.
Rest Easy now .... much love always.
Love, Suzy S.

Posted by Suzy S. - Latrobe, PA   November 12, 2019

Redman thank you for being my friend we had a lot of fun from softball and pirate games to the after parties. I will NEVER forget you, number 11 in your scorecard and number 1 in your heart. Never met a challenge you didn't accept and never left home without your glove. The late nights at redwood diner for french fries with gravy and the ride home from various places not to mention. You are the best and God is surely smiling on you today. God Bless and hope to see again someday.

My sympathy to all of the Ponko family and may God ease your pain.

Posted by Jeffrey Immel - connellsville, PA   November 12, 2019

Mary, I was so sorry to read about the passing of your husband. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and wish you peace and strength to get through this very difficult time. Sincerely, Ame Gula

Posted by Ame Gula - Stahlstown, PA - Coworker   November 12, 2019

Rip redhh

Posted by Phil Davis - Mount Pleasant, PA   November 12, 2019

Deepest sympathy to the Ponko family my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Red, I know I haven't seen you in many years but the time spent when we were young and having fun will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace my friend !!

Posted by Jeff Leaf - Turnersville, NJ - Friend   November 11, 2019

Kathy and I are very sorry to hear of Reds passing

Posted by Rick and Kathy Wawrzyniak - Myrtle Beach, SC - Classmate   November 11, 2019

Sue & Ed and family: my deepest sympathy and prayers in the loss of your loved one

Posted by Margene Wilczynski Thomas - PA   November 11, 2019

Our condolences.
Dr and mrs Papernick

Posted by Ruth Papernick - Mt pleasant, PA   November 11, 2019

Sympathy to family. Eugene J. Bienia

Posted by A friend   November 11, 2019

You will be dearly missed RedMan. My deepest sympathy to Mary. Jay will be waiting at the pearly gates for ya!

"#1 on the field, #1 in our hearts".

Posted by Tara Becker - Youndwood, PA   November 11, 2019

Candle

sympathy to the family

Posted by ROSE MOST - scottdale, PA   November 11, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ponko family. Redman you're the best RIP

Posted by John (Yush) &Lori Shaw - Myrtle Beach, SC   November 11, 2019

I will miss you Red Man but I know that you and Tom are going to be watching over Mary and I forever. You were a great friend to us. My Deepest Sympathy to Mary and the Ponko Family Love you all.

Posted by Rosemary Henderson - Mt. Pleasant, PA - Family Friend   November 11, 2019

Destin peace. We had great times growing up as kids. Many street football games when we were kids. Red you were be early missed.

Posted by Ron Slater - Longs, SC - Friend   November 11, 2019

Mary and The Ponko Family my deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
Red and Mary are the best neighbors and friends that I have could of had.
Red you will truly be missed by many. Rest in Peace now my friend.

Posted by Peggy Brodak - Clarksburg, WV - Friend   November 11, 2019

So many great memories with the Red Man. Great friend and teammate.

Rest In Peace Red

Dan Slater

Posted by Dan Slater - SC   November 11, 2019

Very Sad to hear the passing of my good friend RED. We had a lot of fun growing up together. My deepest SYMPATHY to Mary and Ponko family. Rest in peace my friend, Gone never forgotten.

Posted by Bill Chain - Mount Pleasant, PA   November 11, 2019

It's okay to miss you it's okay to cry ,just let you know I will never forget you . It's not a permanent good bye.

Posted by Greg Oconnor - Rehoboth, MA   November 10, 2019

To the Ponko family I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Red ,he was a close friend whom I have not seen for 34 years and never forgot our friendship

Posted by Greg Oconnor - Rehoboth, MA   November 10, 2019

Posted by Danae Staten - Lucedale, MS   November 10, 2019

Candle

So sorry, Mary. Deepest sympathy to your family. I know he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Loretta Bunn - Smithton, PA   November 10, 2019

So sorry Mary. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know he will be missed. Loretta Bunn .

Posted by A friend   November 10, 2019

Deepest Sympathy to the Ponko family, Sorry we are unable to be there in your time of sorrow.Red was such a happy person and that it how he will always remembered.

Posted by Mary Betz - Mt.Pleasant, PA   November 10, 2019