Andrew E. Pehonsky

MAJ (Ret.) Andrew E. Pehonsky, 65, of Bolivar Drive Bradford, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was holding the hand of his loving wife and surrounded by his siblings, several nieces and nephews, and his closest friends Mark and Brenda Graham and Bruce and Christina Franco, who were all like family to him.

Born October 18, 1952 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Michael Paul and Patricia Ann (Luke) Pehonsky, Sr.

Andy was a 1970 graduate of Bradford Area High School.  He enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1970.  Because of a strong desire to attend the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, he was required to attend the USMA Preparatory School at Fort Belvoir, VA from which he graduated in 1973.  He then went on to attend and graduate from the USMA at West Point in 1977 and was commissioned 2 LT in the Army.

A career soldier, his honors received include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3RD Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (2ndAward), Southwest Asia Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, United Nations Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Qualified Expert Marksman Badge. Major Pehonsky was honorably discharged on June 30, 1995.

After retirement at Fort Gordon, GA, he returned to Bradford and worked another 16 years at Zippo Manufacturing Company as a purchaser. 

On June 3, 1978, in St. Bernard Church, he married Maryanne (Visbisky) Pehonsky who survives.

Andy was a lifetime member of the VFW. He enjoyed camping, hunting, and at one time was a passionate golfer often playing with his father, brother and other relatives.

Surviving in addition to his wife Maryanne of 40 years, are three daughters, Jill (Nicholas Okoneski) Pehonsky, of Huntington Beach, CA, Abbey  Blackston, of North Augusta, SC, and Andrea (Victor) Pehonsky-George, of Huntington Beach, CA; five sisters, Dianne Barr, of Zephyrhills, FL, Rosanne Strotman, of Bradford, Christine Pehonsky, of Bradford, Patricia (COL (Ret) Michael) Gould, of Carlisle, PA, and Barbara (Jeff) Shurilla, of Great Valley, NY; two brothers, Michael (Ruth) P. Pehonsky Jr., of Bellair, FL, and Paul (Beth) Pehonsky, of Bradford; eight grandchildren, Zakry Bukosky, Mary-Delaney Bukosky, Ian Whaling, Joel Whaling, Evan Blackston, Emily Blackston, Victor George III, and Sophia George; and several nieces and nephews.

At the family's request there will be no visitation, Friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at a later date and time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to SPCA, P. O. Box 113, Bradford, PA, 16701, or the Empire Animal Rescue Society, P. O. Box 445, Salamanca NY, 14779.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

I''AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ANDY''S PASSING.
— BILL METZO

So sorry to hear about Andy’s passing. Prayers for all of your family at this difficult time!
— Cathy Hrenko Sopcik

So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family. May he rest in peace??
— Teresa Reynolds

Dear Rosanne and family, Pat and I were saddened to hear of your brother’s passing. We moved to Richmond, VA to be closer to our children and grandchildren, but we keep up on Bradford news online. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, The Grandy Family
— Julie Grandy

To the entire Pehonsky familyI am so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. My prayers are with you all. Donna Miller
— Donna Miller

So sorry to hear of this. Rosanne, Kim you are in my thoughts and prayers.
— Billie Patterson Lindemuth

chris Iam sorry to hear of your brothers passing. having been a friend of your family for years I am so sorry give my regards to the rest of the family.sincerely lauren
— Lauren Songer

Maryanne and family, Andy was such a good man, he will leave a void, but hold his memory close. Fly high Andy!
— Sandy Sherwood

Our deepest sympathy to all of Andy''s family. He''s was a fine man who will be greatly missed.
— Kevin & Jan Behan

Mary Ann and the entire Pehonsky family - I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Andy was such a genuinely nice person and I’m blessed to have known him and work with him. All of you are in my continued prayers.
— Cindy Greek

Uncle Andy, You are one of the most loving people I know. Every day that goes by I am deeply sadden by the loss that we all feel and the void you have left. But I find comfort knowing you are at peace and know longer suffering. Fly with the angels and be free. You deserve it. I love you!
— Kelly Strotman

Rosanne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Andy was a great man and I was proud to call him my good friend. May god hold you in his arms and help you through this difficult time.
— Patty Vecellio

Terribly sorry to hear of Mr. Pehonsky''s passing. Hoping the family can find the strength to persevere and thrive through the difficult times ahead.
— Jim

So sorry to here of Andys passing.
— Donna Ekas

Mary Ann and family, my heart is hurting for you all. Big hugs! Andy will be missed by anyone who knew him.
— Tina Gardner

Condolences

  • I''AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ANDY''S PASSING.

    — BILL METZO
  • So sorry to hear about Andy’s passing. Prayers for all of your family at this difficult time!

    — Cathy Hrenko Sopcik
  • So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family. May he rest in peace??

    — Teresa Reynolds
  • Dear Rosanne and family, Pat and I were saddened to hear of your brother’s passing. We moved to Richmond, VA to be closer to our children and grandchildren, but we keep up on Bradford news online. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, The Grandy Family

    — Julie Grandy
  • To the entire Pehonsky familyI am so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. My prayers are with you all. Donna Miller

    — Donna Miller