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Bernard A. "Red" Ponko

Bernard A. "Red" Ponko
  • October 8, 1954 - November 9, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ponko family. Frank and Eleanor McGrogan ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Elizabeth South - Latrobe, PA

“R.I.P. RedThank 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...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Suzy S. - Latrobe, PA

“R.I.P. RedThank 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...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Suzy S. - Latrobe, PA

“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...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Jeffrey Immel - connellsville, PA

“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...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Ame Gula - Stahlstown, PA

“Rip redhh ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Phil Davis - Mount Pleasant, PA

“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...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff Leaf - Turnersville, NJ

“Kathy and I are very sorry to hear of Reds passing ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Rick and Kathy Wawrzyniak - SC

“Sue & Ed and family: my deepest sympathy and prayers in the loss of your loved one ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Margene Wilczynski Thomas - PA

“Our condolences.Dr and mrs Papernick ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Ruth Papernick - Mt pleasant, PA

“Sympathy to family. Eugene J. Bienia ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“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". ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Tara Becker - Youndwood, PA

“sympathy to the family ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: ROSE MOST - scottdale, PA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ponko family. Redman you're the best RIP ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: John (Yush) &Lori Shaw - SC

“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...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Rosemary Henderson - Mt. Pleasant, PA

“Destin peace. We had great times growing up as kids. Many street football games when we were kids. Red you were be early missed. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Slater - Longs, SC - Friend

“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...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Peggy Brodak - Clarksburg, WV

“So many great memories with the Red Man. Great friend and teammate.Rest In Peace RedDan Slater ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Dan Slater - SC

“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...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Bill Chain - Mount Pleasant, PA

“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. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Greg Oconnor - Rehoboth, MA

“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...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Greg Oconnor - Rehoboth, MA

24 of 27 | Posted by: Danae Staten - Lucedale, MS

“So sorry, Mary. Deepest sympathy to your family. I know he will be greatly missed. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Loretta Bunn - Smithton, PA

“So sorry Mary. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know he will be missed. Loretta Bunn . ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Betz - Mt.Pleasant, PA

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 to sign the condolence guestbook.

Richard Rega, funeral director.