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Kenneth H. Bish | 50

May 23, 1971 - September 20, 2021

Kenneth H. Bish, 50, of 365 North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a two year battle with cancer.

He was born May 23, 1971, in St. Marys, son of Lyle Bish, who survives of St. Marys, and the late Karen Hacherl Bish, who preceded him in death in 1999.  Ken was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1989.  After graduation, Ken served in the United States Air Force from 1989 until 1993.  Upon returning home, he worked alongside his father in the family business, St. Marys Beverage, later becoming owner.

On September 14, 2002, in the St. Leo’s Church in Ridgway, Ken married Terese “Terri” Carnovale, who survives.

In addition to his wife and father, Ken is survived by his sons: Rudy and Louis Bish of St. Marys; his step-children: Abby DePetro and her husband Anthony of Pittsburgh, Katie Kline and her husband Dillon of St. Marys, and Bruno Cavalline of St. Marys; three grandchildren: Frankie Kline, Joelle Kline, and Nolan DePetro; two sisters: Missy Grunenwald of St. Marys and Alicia Hetrick of St. Marys; his brother, Doug Bish of St. Marys; and by his mother-in-law, Rosemary Carnovale of St. Marys.

Ken was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was active in the local Cursillo Movement.  He coached boys’ junior high soccer for Elk County Catholic High School as well as the recreational league and brought indoor soccer tournaments to St. Marys.  Ken was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and started the St. Leo’s Fishing Derby in Ridgway.

During the time Ken spent at the Cursillo weekend, he was challenged to love others as Jesus had loved him.  Ken embraced this challenge of simply loving others.  This had a tremendous impact on Ken as he demonstrated his love to each and every person that he met.  Ken wanted everyone to know just how special they were and anyone who encountered him walked away a better person.  Of all Ken’s accomplishments, his family was his greatest.  He was so very proud of his children. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Thomas Curry, OSB, Pastor, and Rev. Canice McMullen, OSB, concelebrating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 4:00 until 7:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic Soccer Program, c/o Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Events

Visitation

September 22, 2021
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

September 23, 2021
10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church

Final Resting Place

September 23, 2021
11:00 AM
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall

24 Comments

  1. Very sad to hear about Ken’s passing. I have some great memories of him and his wonderful family that will stay with me for my lifetime I’m sure. Such a kind, generous, and friendly man. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this difficult time. God bless.

  2. We will miss Ken
    Great guy

  3. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Terri and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. His legacy lives on in all of you and I am grateful to have witnessed the faith, hope and love that you all showed through this most difficult journey! You all have blessed many lives with your testimony to God’s love and grace. Prayers will continue for all of you.

  5. To Ken’s entire family, he was such a kind person, always seeming happy, excited about life. Praying for you all during this time.

  6. Terri and Rosemary,
    So sorry for your loss…I didn’t know Ken, but I was so moved by his support of Cursillo that I feel that I know him now.
    God bless and comfort you.

  7. Terri and family,
    Our hearts are so sad for your loss. Put your trust in God, and put your heart in His hands. May your strong faith carry you through this difficult time and may God bless you with strength and His loving grace..

  8. Terri and family,
    My thoughts will always be with you all. Ken was a true inspiration in faith. He is now with God and the Blessed Mary as his journey is to watch and guide you all. His memories will live on to anyone he touched. Bless you all…

  9. You all have our sympathy. Ken will truly be missed. He was always friendly and helpful with anything he did.
    RIP Ken. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. So sorry for your loss.

  11. So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with your family during this most difficult time.

  12. So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. A friend to all, whether in a business setting or a friendly conversation, it was always light-hearted and interesting… and at times lenghty, in a good way. He will be missed. May God bless the entire family.

  13. Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. I graduated with Ken, and always remembered him as a wonderful person!

  14. Ken was always a good friend! I went to school with him and he always had a smile! We can all rejoice because he is with God now!!

  15. Ken always made everyone feel welcome.

  16. My sincere condolences to your family. I went to school with Ken. He was always such a fun guy. I loved his smile. He will be missed

  17. My sincere condolences to all of Ken’s family. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many.

  18. So very sorry for your loss.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.🙏

  19. My heart goes out to Kenny’s family…. I never saw him without a smile on his face… but what I learned about him was how much he was a fighter…. with his battle in life he never gave up and always had a positive attitude… It’s the way we all should live… God gained a true angel!!!

  20. Dear Terri, Rudy, Louis, Abby, Katie, and Bruno, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our love and condolences, Jim and Laurie Carnovale Horrocks and family

  21. I am so very sorry to hear this news and so sorry for your loss. We are sending our most sincere thoughts, condolences, and prayers for all of Ken’s family. God bless.
    Angie and Dan Walter and family

  22. My sincere sympathy to Ken’s entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed by anyone who ever came in contact with him. I know his deep faith will lead him up the stairway to heaven. Rest In Peace

  23. Terri and Family
    Our hearts go out to you! Praying for God’s peace and comfort knowing Ken is in the presence of the Lord. You have our sympathies.

  24. Rest in peace Kenny you was always a good friend.Go rest high on that mountain as my favorite song that Vince Gill sings

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