Robert R. Bereznak

Robert R. “Tino” “Brez” Bereznak, 61, of Drums, passed away late Thursday evening at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pa.

Born in Hazleton, July 24, 1952, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Frances (Marshlick) Bereznak and spent most of his life in Drums. He did however spend some of his younger years in Germany and Kentucky, and also spent some time in Hughesville.

Brez was, along with his wife Diane, a social club manager and caretaker at Highland Lake Manor Social Club, Hughesville, and Valley Regional and Butler Township Fire Companies. He had also previously worked as a Chimney Sweep for Cherry Ridge and Mr. Chips Chimney Services.

He was a life member of the Butler Township Fire Company. He was also a member of the Highland Lake Manor Social Club and the Sons of the VFW. He enjoyed hunting, NASCAR, and football, especially the Miami Dolphins.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother Frank.

Surviving are his wife, the former Diane Shelhamer, to whom he would have been married 18 years on Sept. 23, however they had been together for 29 years; two sons David, of Ebervale and Brian, of Hazleton; a granddaughter, Cambria; two sisters, JoAnn Eckrote, of Hazleton and Nicholene Kokiko and her husband Andrew, of Drums; three brothers, David and his wife Judi, of Fort Worth, Fla., Paul and his wife, Patrice, of Powhatan, Va., and Michael and his wife, Deena, of Tomhicken; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums. Burial will follow in Drums Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497, or online at Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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