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Bernard P. Kovacs, Sr.

Bernard P. Kovacs, Sr. of West Wyoming, passed away on November 17, 2022 after a well fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Bernie’s lungs may have failed but his spirit and will to live were stubbornly strong, just the way Bernie was.

Bernie was 76 years old and was the fourth child and the baby of the Kovacs family, born on January 9, 1946 in Luzerne to John and Emily Pavloski Kovacs. Bernie graduated from West Side Central Catholic high school in 1963. Bernie served 4 years in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970, getting honorary discharge. He was a graduate of Penn State and Lackawanna Junior College. Bernie worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a cost specialist for 32 years. Upon retirement, Bernie thoroughly enjoyed working part time for Michael Baker and Penn Eastern.

He married the love of his life, Nina Amato Kovacs on September 18, 1971. A chance encounter and just one dance, led to a 51 year marriage. Together, they built a life together in West Wyoming. Bernie was a proud Slovak and democrat who loved all animals, fishing, going to the casino, spending time with his four grandchildren, playing cards, and watching Steelers games.

Bernie is preceded in death by his parents, John and Emily Kovacs, and brothers John and Lawrence Kovacs.

Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Nina Amato Kovacs, devoted children: son, Bernard Kovacs, Jr. grandchildren; Andolena and Bernard Kovacs, III of West Wyoming, daughter Jennifer Kovacs-Peckally, her husband Michael; grandchildren Olivia and Owen Peckally of East Stroudsburg; sister, Emily Murtha, Largo. FL, numerous nieces and nephews, and his loving pets, Sammie and Nugget.

Thank you to the staff and nurses at the Sacred Heart Hospice of Dunmore for their loving care and patience.

To honor the memory of Bernie, as per his wishes, there will be no formal viewing or funeral.

A memorial mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.

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Nov 21, 2022

"The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest.For the age that is honorable

comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years.Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

He who pleased God was loved; he who lived among sinners was transported–Snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind

or deceit beguile his soul;

For the witchery of paltry things obscures what is right and the whirl of desire transforms the innocent mind.

Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord, therefore he sped him out of…


Nov 20, 2022

Nina my heart is broken for you and your family. Bernie was such a great man and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Jacquelyn Andrejko

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