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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Joseph Bendyna
June 4, 1925 - November 29, 2022


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - UNICEF USA to benefit children in Ukraine - 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 - 800-367-5437 - Map

Joseph Bendyna of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Lafayette Redeemer. He was 97 years old. Joseph was born June 4, 1925 in Merchantville, New Jersey, son of the late Joseph Bendyna and the late Catherine Bendyna (nee - Nyczczy). He was the beloved husband of the late Madeleine (nee DiCarlo) Bendyna; father of Marlene Bendyna and her husband Hal Selditch and Nanette Bendyna-Schuman and her husband Matthew; granddad of Kyle Selditch and his wife Christina Werth and Blair Schuman; brother of Olga Henkel and her husband the late Henry, the late Peter Bendyna and his wife the late Eleanor, and the late Stephanie Camelier and her husband the late Robert. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

Joe was raised and educated in Philadelphia where he graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School. He served in the United States Army from May of 1945 until he was Honorably Discharged in January of 1947. Joe served in Germany and received the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) and World War II Victory Medal. Back at home his sister Stephanie worked with Madeleine DiCarlo and introduced Joe and Madeleine formally when he volunteered to drive the ladies home from a wedding. The couple were married in 1952 and lived for 67 years in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Joe was an avid gardener and loved working outside. He was a lifetime learner. In addition to his passion for science, he studied the Ukrainian language, American History, and was a voracious reader. Joe was also a writer and enjoyed composing poetry. He was always thinking of inventing ways to make things and processes easier. Joe was a plumber who could also repair anything and loved to help anyone with their home repairs. He followed the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. He was a true family man who enjoyed being with his wife, children, and grandchildren and extended family.

Services were held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to UNICEF USA to benefit children in Ukraine, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038.

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