Melissa B. BednarzBEDNARZ

Melissa B. Bednarz, 53, passed away June 27, 2021. Beloved wife of Michael Bednarz. Loving daughter of Lila Gehner and the late William Gehner. Step mother of Tony (Yan) Bednarz , Robert Bednarz and Laura (Nick) Sfikas.
Dear sister of Gerrick (Lan) Gehner.  Sister in law of Terri (Don) Baumgartner, Patti (John) Mueller, Rita (John) Maczka and Annie (Rich) Jezierny.

Melissa was a dear step grandmother, aunt and step aunt to many.

Visitation will take place at the M J Suerth Funeral Home, 6754 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, Thursday (7/1) and Friday (7/2) from 3-8 pm.   Funeral Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church,  7211 W. Talcott Ave, Chicago (at Harlem), in-state from 9:00 am at church until time of funeral Mass at 11:00 am.   Interment will take place at St .Adalbert Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to:




It’s with deepest sorrow to inform you, Melissa, beloved wife of Michael Bednarz / sister of Gerrick & Lan Gehner / daughter of Lila Gehner passed away 3am Sunday (6/27) morning. In honor of her life, the following will occur:
Wake Service:

  • 7/1 (3pm – 8pm) Suerth Funeral Home with 6:30 Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, located at 6754 N Northwest Highway in the Chicago 60631 Phone: 877-631-1240 (
  • 7/2 (3pm – 8pm) Suerth Funeral Home
  • 7/3 (9am – 11am) Immaculate Conception Church – Livestreamed at:, located at 7211 W Talcott Ave Chicago 60631 Phone: 773-775-3833

Funeral Mass:

  • 7/3 (11am-12pm) Immaculate Conception Church / Livestreamed at:

Funeral committal Service:

  • 7/3 (12:30pm – 1:15pm) St. Adelbert Cemetery, located at 6800 N Milwaukee, Niles 60714 Phone: 847-647-9845

Funeral Dinner:

  • 7/3 (1:30pm-4:30pm) The White Eagle Restaurant, located at 6839 N Milwaukee, Niles 60714 Phone: 847-647-0660 (Across the street from the Cemetary)
  • Please let us know if you can come, which day(s) and how many so we can plan accordingly.
  • Please contact: Patti Vavrina Mueller 224-229-2375 (mobile) / or Terri Baumgartner 847-421-8993 /


PLEASE NOTE: IC CHURCH live-streams the Mass service daily @ 8:30am. If you’re unable to attend in-person but would like to join via live-stream, you may want to try to see how it works before Saturday

In lieu of flowers, the Family established a Memorial Fund for Masses, Scholarships for Education and Nursing, as well as other programs Melissa supported. To donate:
This link will also be on Suerth Funeral and Chicago Tribune Legacy websites.

In Loving Memory,
The Bednarz / Gehner Family