berniceczebatul (drdul)
Rochester - born on August 20, 1923 in Rochester, New York, to the late Joseph S. Zolnierowski and the late Agnes Zolnierowski, passed away at age 94 on May 20, 2018 in Rochester. Bernice was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley Czebatul; brothers, Edward and Joseph Zolnierowski. She is survived by her husband, John Drdul; daughter Eileen Aleo (Joseph); son, Thomas (Sandy); stepson James Gurski (Peggy); stepdaughter, Tricia Zbyrowski (Hank); sisters, Helen Roesser, Frances Chmiel (Gene), Phyllis Williams (Don); brother-in-law Dick Gagné, sisters-in-law Laney Stever and Jean Montgomery; adored grandchildren, Cyndy Aleo, Tricia Furphy (Tom), Deanna Baker, Tom Czebatul, Brian Cawley (Carol), Matt Cawley (Kalah), Douglas Cawley, Christine Lindeman (Eric), Yvonne Guurski; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Ava Baker; Jay, Sullivan, Maddox and Luisa Carreira, Ben, Adam, and Audrey Furphy; many beloved nieces and nephews and numerous extended family and friends. Bernice was a graduate of Franklin High School, retiree of Rochester Products, and member of UAW Local 1097. The family would especially like to thank the staff at Cottage 400 at Park Ridge Living Center for the excellent care they gave to Bernice. Family will receive friends Thursday (May 24th) 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated (May 25Th) 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church Greece, 2400 West Ridge Road. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to WGMC 90.1 FM Polka Bandstand or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her memory. For more information or to sign Bernice’s online guestbook, please visit

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  1. Bernice, you will be missed. You made my Grandpa very happy. Thank You for your kindness and I will never forget the Polka Festival in Las Vegas when you told Grandpa ‘Look, Johnny, she dances better when you spin her! ‘ That was an endearing part of you.
    That will always be a great memory and I hope you keep teaching that in Heaven to all 🙂

  2. Dear Bernice, A fun and loving person. Jeanne always said she had the best God Mother in the world for Donna Jean! And – You gave Donna her first doll ! Look what you started. You will never be forgotten. You were always a kind and generous person. Always to be remembered: the polka parties on Sundays in Marlands! What fun we had! God Bless
    Dick Gagne

  3. Dear Bernice, such a keen and fine woman you were, so caring for my dear step dad, John…..a man whom I have the highest regard because of his love and service for you which was fueled by your love and service for him

  4. Dear Cioci ‘B’:
    We will always remember your beautiful smile, your style and class, your love of polka music, and your phenomenal cooking!! Especially your sauerkraut and noodles!! We know you are in Heaven welcomed into the loving arms of your father and mother.
    John and Debbie

  5. Eileen,
    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Losing a mother is difficult, no matter the age or circumstances. We talked often about our moms–they shared the same birthday and were so dear to both of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep in touch. May God’s peace be with you and your family. Janet Curry

  6. John and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. We know that Bernice had changed from the bride that you took so many years ago, but the 2 of you were always so happy together. May she rest in peace.

    Joanne (Leszczynski) & Paul Randall
    Gertrude Leszczynski

  7. Eileen and John…sorry to read of Bernice’s passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Eileen
    Here’s an old classmate from the past wanting to offer condolences for the loss of your mother. Just wanted you to know you are in my prayers. I look forward to seeing you again at the greatest reunion of all in heaven. God bless.

  9. Eileen, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. May you be at peace knowing she is in the loving arms of our Lord. All my love and prayers,


  10. Dear Family,
    So many fond memories of ‘Ciocie ‘B”!
    May God bless you anhd heal your hearts in this time of sorrow.

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