MAJOR CARL MICHAEL BENDIK
Beloved Major Carl Michael Bendik, 81, of Moon Township, PA and Marathon, FL, a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, passed away peacefully in Miami, FL on Monday, March 13, 2023.
Born in McKeesport, PA on August 11, 1941, Carl graduated from Clairton High School with a football scholarship awarded from Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After graduating from Penn State, he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1964. Carl served in the Vietnam War and retired from active duty with the rank of Major. After active duty, he remained in the reserves for several years, a true reflection and testament to his patriotism. Carl began his 40+ year professional career in 1972 as a commercial airline pilot and retired from Delta Airlines with the rank of Captain.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Michael John and Hedwig “June” (Mularski) Bendik, and his brother James Bendik. He is survived by his daughter, Amy (Scott) Dumas; son, Ted (Vanessa) Bendik; grandchildren Ian & AJ Bendik and Jack Dumas; sister, Marlene (Carl) Abrasheff; & 3 nieces, Lisa Szuhoza, Carla Abrasheff & Michelle (Brian) Laux. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and cherished his warm and wonderful spirit.
A viewing will be held from 9 – 10 am on Friday March 24, 2023 at Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home, 1701 Route 51, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025, (412-384-0350) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Claire of Assisi Church (old St. Joseph Building) 460 Reed Street, Clairton, PA 15025, and burial with full Military Honors at 1 pm at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies,1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017.