Thursday, September 13, 2012

John Francis Biedakiewicz

Wellsville, NY - John Francis Biedakiewicz, 63, died Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Hart Comfort House. He was born in East Chicago, IN the son of John and Jane (Witczak) Biedakiewicz. On April 17, 1982 in Highland, IN, he married Rada Boljevic who survives.  

John was employed at Combustion Engineering in East Chicago, IN and Air Preheater Company in Wellsville for 35 years. He served in variety of positions and ended his career as a project manager. He was a member and past president of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club for several years and was a proficient trap, skeet and sporting clays shooter. He raced in motocross, played tennis and golf and was a scuba diver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating; especially with his sons. He was an avid baseball and football fan, a Civil War buff, a supporter of Wellsville Lions Basketball and enjoyed going to the Little League World Series. He could fabricate and repair about anything and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Besides all these wonderful accomplishments and traits, John was also just a genuinely good man. He loved to share his vast array of knowledge with anyone who was interested. This being said he taught his sons so much, such as how to take down trees, swing a golf club, and use a clutch. But the single most important thing he had taught them was how to be gentlemen. He showed them the importance of chivalry, helping others out whenever possible, and the simple but strong impression of saying "please" and "thank you". They were incredibly blessed to have a father like John, and proud (to say the least) to have him as their father. He will be forever loved, and always missed. We like to think he's where the fish are always biting, the greens are always cut, and the sun is always shining. He will never be forgotten.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, John Biedakiewicz of Wellsville and Nicolas Biedakiewicz of Syracuse, his mother, Jane Biedakiewicz of Schererville, IN, a brother, Michael (Arlene) Biedakiewicz of East Chicago, IN, three sisters, Cindy Biedakiewicz of Schererville, IN, Geralyn (Jason) Kirk of Gary, IN and Janis (David) DiMichael of Hessville, six nieces, Ashley, Rhianon, Melissa, Raven, Sabrina, and Angel, and one nephew, Jason. He was predeceased by his father and a sister, Barbara Ann Biedakiewicz 

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 2:00to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Services will begin Monday at 11:00 am with a prayer in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:30 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital Comfort Room, the Hart Comfort House or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Very sorry to hear about Johnny. Even though I had not seen him for years, I will always remember him as one of the nicest people I ever knew. My sympathy to his family.

  2. Susan Oliver Cohen

    To Rada and Family:
    My deepest sympathy to you. I remember John well..popular, good looking, upbeat and fun. Mostly, I remember he was the love of your life. Many great memories from Hemlock St. and John and you are among my fondest. May your special memories warm your heart at this very sad time.
    My prayers are with you and may John rest in peace in the arms of the angels.

  3. Rada,

    John and I worked together many years ago at Combustion Engineering's East Chicago plant. He and I both started as machine operators and worked our way up to Plant Superintendents. I remember John as a kind and caring person who treated his employees, co-workers and friends with respect. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Gene McDaniel