Obituaries

SSG Paul J. Bernotas, Jr.

Paul J. Bernotas, Jr.SSG Paul J. Bernotas, Jr., age 25 of 9 St. Paul St., Shenandoah and stationed with the United States Army in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas passed away Tuesday in Platte City, Missouri.

Born in Pottsville on April 3, 1987 he was the son of Paul J. Sr. and Barbara (Zagrosky) Bernotas of Shenandoah.

Paul attended the former Father Walter J. Ciszek Elementary School, Shenandoah, the former Cardinal Brennan Jr./Sr. High School, Fountain Springs and was a 2005 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School.  He then attended McCann School of Business and majored in criminal justice.  He completed his criminal justice studies while enlisted in the US Army.

SSG Paul J. Bernotas, Jr.Currently on active duty, he was assigned as an MP/Internment Resettlement Specialist at HQ’s, HQ’s Disciplinary Barracks, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  He served his country during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) while stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents, Dolores Najunas and Joseph Zagrosky and paternal grandparents, Vincent and Theresa Bernotas and his godfather and uncle, Bernard Najunas, Jr.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, the former Lashonde Quintero formerly of Kelso, WA; a daughter, Aubrey Nicole Bernotas; two sisters, Nicole Bernotas of Shenandoah and Janel Bernotas of Sheppton; his godmother and aunt, Marie Gunderman of Shenandoah; two nephews, David and Kolton Kufro; additional aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Religious and military services will be held Friday at 9:00 AM from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:30AM in St. Casimir’s Church.  Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate.  Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Thursday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements. 

SSG Paul J. Bernotas, Jr. Has 11 Condolences Posted:

  1. Mom & Dad says:

    PJ,
    Think about you, miss you and cry for you every single day.
    I hope you’re at peace.
    Love you kiddo Always~
    Mom

  2. keri says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Barb, Paul and the rest of the family.. God bless you all <3

  3. Linda Dundore says:

    Paul,Barb and Family
    My deepest sympathy to you all.
    May God give you comfort in this very difficult time. Prayers are with you all.
    Linda Thom and Lindsey

  4. Karen Carduff Everett says:

    My dear friends, so sorry you have to go through this. My heart goes out to you. I’m sending you many hugs, I’ll be there….May your Angels keep you warm.

  5. Anne Catizone says:

    My heart, thoughts, & many prayers go out to the entire family

  6. Janel says:

    PJ ~
    I love you and miss you, little brother…..always and forever.

  7. Joyce Mirrsky says:

    My dear Paul and Barbara,
    My heart goes out to you on the loss of your son, Paul. Please remember God will watch over you and help you get over this trying time. God Bless both of you. You’ll e in my thoughts and prayers. Not able to be there myself because I have relocated to Mechaicsburg PA in November. Know you will be in my thoughts.

  8. Barbara Philllips says:

    Dear Barb and family: John and I are so sorry for your loss may Paul rest in peace and may the good lord give you the strength to carry on may god also bless this lovely wife and baby daughter. Our deepest sympathy’s

  9. Ryan McCole says:

    May God and the Holy Spirit give you all loving comfort and strength during this most difficult time of the loss of your loved one, my prayers are with your family and friends. (Afterglow) I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done,I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days,I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done. God bless your family and friends and know you are all in my prayers.

  10. nix says:

    my brother, my friend— your spirit will live on through aubrey. we still have a piece of you here with us and for that i am soo glad. love you forever and ever </3

  11. Mom & Dad says:

    PJ,
    We will love you and miss you till the end of time.