Edward S. Konwinski

Dr. Edward S. Konwinski, 96, of Bradford, passed away Friday May 7, 2021, at his home, with his children present.

Born October 23, 1924 in Dunkirk, NY, he was a son of the late S. Edward and Hattie (Stefaniak) Konwinski.

On March 29, 1948 in St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk, NY, he married Doris (Ward) Konwinski, who pre-deceased him on September 4, 2001.

Dr. Konwinski was a 1942 graduate of Dunkirk High School.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army with the 156th Field Artillery Battalion of the 44th Infantry Division in France, Germany, and Austria.  He earned four battle stars and obtained the rank of Sergeant.

He graduated from the New York College of Medicine at Syracuse in 1952.  Upon obtaining his medical degree, he served as a medical officer in the US Army Medical Corps, doing his internship and general surgical residency at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. He then served as a surgeon at the US Army Hospital at Croix Chapeau in LaRochelle France and as Chief of the General Surgical Section at the US Army Hospital in Landstuhl Germany. He attained the rank of Major in the regular Army.

Dr. Konwinski entered private practice in Bradford in 1962 and was a partner at Surgical Associates of Bradford.  He was certified by the American Board of General Surgery and was named a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, one of the highest honors of his profession. He retired from the US Army Reserve Medical Corps with the rank of Colonel.

He served on the Board of Directors at Bradford Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center. He was a member and past president of the Bradford Exchange Club, and of the Bradford Chapter of the American Cancer Society and a member of the Bradford Club. A student of the mechanics of the golf swing, he was a member of the Pennhills Club, one of his favorite places in the world. He volunteered at the Friendship Table and with Meals on Wheels.

He was a long-time member of St. Bernard Church, serving as president of the Parish Council, Lector, and Chair of the Care and Concern Committee, and was one of the co-founders of the parish’s Divine Mercy Chapel.

Surviving are three sons, Edward (Jill) Konwinski of Bradford, Robert (Sharon) Konwinski of West Newton Pa. and Donald Konwinski of Bradford; one daughter, Laurie Konwinski (Todd Saddler) of Ithaca N.Y.; four grandchildren, Edward R. Konwinski Jr., Michele (Dan) Donovan, Joseph Konwinski (Rokhsanna Sadeghi), and Kenny Konwinski; eight great grandchildren, Daniel, Elijah, Hattie, and Ruby Donovan, and Theodora, Eloise, Clement and Julian Konwinski; extended family, Chad (Tanya) Hayden and children Cade, Drake and Elisa and Michele Hayden and children Logan, Derek and Lucas; and several beloved nieces and nephews.  Along with his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his siblings Clement Konwinski, Mildred Rutkowski, Henrietta Borowski, Angeline Anderson, and Richard Konwinski. 

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 372 East Main Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Wednesday in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as Celebrant. Masks and social distancing will be required at both gatherings, in keeping with Dr. Konwinski’s legacy as a man of science who dedicated his life to caring for other people.

Military honors by members of the United States Army and by members of the American Legion Post 108 Honor Guard will be accorded at St. Bernard Cemetery following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions if desired may be made to St. Bernard Church, 95 E Corydon St, Bradford PA 16701 or Bright Alternatives pregnancy care center, 90 Boylston St #200, Bradford PA 16701.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

Konwinski family, Our deepest condolences for your family. Although it’s been more than 60 years, we still remember your dad as a warm, gentle man who loved his children and wife very much. We were neighbors, we took trips together and went on picnics I still remember. He was Doris’s Godfather, ( she was named after your mom). He’ll always have a warm place in our hearts. Your family was blessed to have him for so long. I know you all will miss him very much. Please accept our condolences.
— Helen and Doris Arzola

Laurie, condolences to you and your family. The obits you wrote were lovely and a testament to your father and his dedication to community and conviction. All the best to you and your family. A prayer for your father and eternal peace for him.
— David Yee

Dr. Konwinski was a wonderful friend to our family. He was also an excellent doctor who helped us with some very difficult medical situations. He will always be remembered for his kindness.
— Kathryn Burgeson Gates

My prayers to you, Laurie, and all the members of your family as you celebrate and remember your wondrful dad
— Phyllis Tierney, SSJ

Dear Rob and family…your wonderful father was the epitome of excellence as a physician. There was none better. When I worked at the hospital, I saw his compassionate demeanor and uncanny ability to read people. He was a gentleman who earned great respect . I felt a tremendous loss at his passing as most of our community felt also. My profound sympathy goes out to you. Faith
— Faith Hughes

My prayers are with the family. Your father was a wonderful Doctor and very kind. God Bless You all
— Diana Hillyard

Ed, Rob, Don, Laurie and family, My prayers are with you all in this difficult time. Your father was a kind and gentle physician. His love of God and his church reflected in the care for his patients. May you all find peace in your memories of a great father, grandfather, physician, and friend. Blessings, Laurie Sprague-Marcello
— Laurie Sprague

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Konwinski family. Was a patient of Dr Konwinski many times he was a great man. So sorry for your loss.
— Debbie Tasin Walling

My condolences to the entire Konwinski family. His memory and legacy are firmly established in our community. Healing thoughts for all of you.
— Lisa Keck

So sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with your family. He was my Godfather. He will be missed. He was the best Godfather a man could have. My mom Arlene (Mason) Domst and my dad Robert Domst choose your dad and mom for me.
— William Domst

So sorry to hear of his passing...my mom (Rita KUJAWA Draves) always thought the world of him. My grandmother was Anna (Stefaniak) Kujawa
— Renita (Draves) Keller

Laurie, Don, and family, so very sorry to hear of your dad''s passing. He will always be remembered as a great man, dedicated to his Faith, family, and community. Rest in peace, Dr. K.
— Kimberly Cian

Ed, Jill and the entire Konwinski family, So sorry for your loss. Your father made so many contributions to the Bradford community and the Bradford Catholic community! He will surely be missed! I will think of him and your mother every time I visit the Divine Mercy Chapel at St. Bernard’s. It is such a peaceful place! Prayers for all of you!
— Cindy Greek

Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
— Peg and Ken Miller

Ed, Rob, Donnie, and Laurie. Your father (Dr. K) was a great man, great doctor, and great friend of the family. He always had a kind word and good advice to share. We will miss his always positive outlook and sincere interest in everyone he met. Dr K was truly an inspiration to us all. Sincere condolences from the Keller''s (Chris, Lisa, Adam and Ross)
— Christopher Keller

I first can to know Dr. Konwinski when he operated on our infant son. Several years later, I had the pleasure of being a scrub in the operating room by his side. He taught me so much about surgery and how to be strong and kind. He was a wonderful man and a great friend and he will be gravely missed.
— Mary Grogan

The Medden family is sad to hear of Dr. Ed Konwinski’s passing. Ed was an excellent doctor, a great partner and a good friend to our father, Dr. Edwin Medden. They worked in tandem with Dr. Don Watkins for many years, striving to provide medical expertise and caring to the people in the Bradford area. Ed was, and remains, the best that medicine had to offer to the Bradford Hospital, his family and the community throughout his wonderful 96 years.
— Michael Medden

Robbie please accept my condolences on the passing of your father, it looks like he lived a long good life.
— Marcia Beckwith Daugherty

So sorry for your loss. Dr. K was a compassionate surgeon.
— Lynn Broadhead Daily

Laurie and family- I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Hang on to all of the wonderful memories through the years with him. He was a wonderful person and helped so many.
— Sue (Green) Ferrey

Ed and Jill, so sorry for your loss. Dr K. Was a great surgeon and friend. May god give you peace during this time.
— Patty and Dave Vecellio

Laurie, Don, and family, so very sorry to hear of your dad''s passing. He will always be remembered as a great man, dedicated to his Faith, family, and community. Rest in peace, Dr. K.
— Kimberly Cian

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was a great friend and mentor to me when I worked with him in the operating room at Bradford Hospital. A wonderful, caring person to all.
— Dr. Robert and Tina Cantu (Pascarella)

Laurie & family, so very sorry for the loss of your beloved father. He was a wonderful man. May he Rest In Peace.
— Dean place

We are sorry to hear of your loss.
— Stoney,and Becky Greenberg

Dear Rob, Eddie n Fsmily Just heard about your Dad’s recent passing. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Your Dad and Mom became very good friends about 50 years ago when I was an assistant golf professional at the Pennhills Club. Even the past few years we were able to catch up at daily Mass when I was visiting Bradford. He was a very special man and truly loved the game of golf and his Catholic Church. He was a true student of the game. He will be missed by his many friends. I know the sadness you all are now feeling will very soon be replaced by the great memories and good times you shared together Regards Mike Shea
— Mike Shea

Rob and Family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was such a nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Bill and Barb Black

Don and family. Sorry to hear of your father''s passing. Keep his fun and loving memories close so he will always be with you.
— Barb Burgess

Don, so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
— Vicki Benninger

So very sorry for your loss. Such a great doctor with such great compassion. Prayers to the family.
— Kevin & Gail Moyer

My prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.. I will always remember him at mass and the luncheon we had for all the Veterans. God bless you. Fondly Judy Keenan
— JUDY KEENAN

Condolences

  • Konwinski family, Our deepest condolences for your family. Although it’s been more than 60 years, we still remember your dad as a warm, gentle man who loved his children and wife very much. We were neighbors, we took trips together and went on picnics I still remember. He was Doris’s Godfather, ( she was named after your mom). He’ll always have a warm place in our hearts. Your family was blessed to have him for so long. I know you all will miss him very much. Please accept our condolences.

    — Helen and Doris Arzola
  • Laurie, condolences to you and your family. The obits you wrote were lovely and a testament to your father and his dedication to community and conviction. All the best to you and your family. A prayer for your father and eternal peace for him.

    — David Yee
  • Dr. Konwinski was a wonderful friend to our family. He was also an excellent doctor who helped us with some very difficult medical situations. He will always be remembered for his kindness.

    — Kathryn Burgeson Gates
  • My prayers to you, Laurie, and all the members of your family as you celebrate and remember your wondrful dad

    — Phyllis Tierney, SSJ
  • Dear Rob and family…your wonderful father was the epitome of excellence as a physician. There was none better. When I worked at the hospital, I saw his compassionate demeanor and uncanny ability to read people. He was a gentleman who earned great respect . I felt a tremendous loss at his passing as most of our community felt also. My profound sympathy goes out to you. Faith

    — Faith Hughes