Clarence A. “Sonny” Beimel

Clarence Sonny BeimelClarence A. “Sonny” Beimel, 86, of 554 North Michael Street, passed away Friday, January 1, 2016, at his residence after a lengthy illness.

He was born February 7, 1929, in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony and Nora Schneider Beimel. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  He was a draftsman by trade and had worked at Keystone Carbon Company for many years and retired from PA Pressed Metals in Emporium.

On November 4, 1950, in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Carol J. Smithbauer, who survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Patti McClain of St. Marys, Paula McMurray and her husband John of St. Marys, and Pam Oknefski and her husband Fred of Ridgway; two sons, Perry Beimel and his wife Lou Ann of St. Marys and Pernell Beimel of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Marie Hanes and Georgia Gradl, both of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Diem; and by a sister, Helen Hanes.

Sonny was a member of the BPOE (Elks) where he had served as past Exalted Ruler, and was a member of the Moose, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Eagles. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Church and was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Korean War.  He enjoyed bowling, camping, hunting, woodworking, and he had started the Junior Bowling Association in St. Marys.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Monday, January 4, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Marie McGill January 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Sonny Beimel. I just found about his passing today. To Carol & the rest of the Family, You are in my Thoughts And Prayers!! Rest In Peace Sonny!

Gail and Earl Pontious January 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Carol and family,
So sorry to hear about Sonny’s passing.
Prayers to all.
Gail Park Pontious

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