Joan E. Bergum Zelenky

June 8, 1933May 30, 2012

Joan E. Bergum Zelenky, 78, of Clearfield, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.

She was born on June 8, 1933 in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of James and Anne (Pitt) Higgins.

Joan was Catholic by faith.

She was known in the area for her many years of poodle trimming and as a flea market vendor. She had been a vendor at the Clearfield Co. fair from 1976 to 2001. She was co-owner and operator of Haines Haven Kennels for eighteen years. She previously worked for New York Telephone Co., she had also been owner of The Treasure Shop, and most recently spent her days selling on E-bay. Joan was a true entrepreneur.

Joan is survived by 5 children; Bonnie Barton and her husband Stephen of Atlanta, GA, Elizabeth “Betsy” Guglielmo and her husband Michael of Virginia Beach, VA, Patrick Bergum and his wife Tina of Clearfield, Sherrie Surkovich and her husband James of Clearfield and Alan Haines and his wife Sylvia of Virginia Beach, VA, two step sons; Robert Zelenky and his wife Kim and Randy Zelenky, seven grandchildren; Brandy Bergum and her companion Gary Dennis, Kara Bergum, Christopher Guglielmo and his wife Kristen, Kyle Guglielmo, Stephen Barton, Jr. and his fiance Britton Rowe and Diana Barton, Emily Farrara, three step grandchildren: Matthew Zelenky, Danielle Zelenky and Lacie Zelensky, a great grandson, Aiden Dennis, a sister, Anna Callahan of Tondawanda, NY and many nieces and nephews. Christmas was always a very special time, as this was the annual occasion that the whole family came together at “Grandma Joan’s”.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Arthur Paul Bergum, who passed away May 13, 1963, her third husband, Robert Lawrence Zelenky, who passed away May 8, 2003, a daughter, Rebecca Bergum, a brother, Robert Higgins and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., of Clearfield on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. with Msgr. H. Desmond McGee officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 6 to 8 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the hour of services.

The family suggest contributions be made to the St. Francis Educational Endowment Fund, 212 South Front Street, Clearfield, PA 16830 or Marian House.

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  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 2, 2012

Joan E. Bergum Zelenky

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Judy & Joseph Violante

August 6, 2012

We are so sorry to learn about the sudden and untimely death of your Mom. We will keep her in our prayers. We will always remember meeting her when she visited when you lived at Ft. Hamilton, in Brooklyn, and we went to see a Jackie Mason performance and had dinner at Carmine's restaurant in NYC. She was a very warm and sweet woman. May she rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to you, dear Bonnie, as you go through this very difficult time. Much love to you, Steve, Stevie, and Diana.

Danielle Stetzel

June 1, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Aunt Joanie was a lovely woman. Sadly, the last time I saw her was in 2001 when she came up for my high school graduation party. I was so glad she made it up!

Jane Bergum-Clifford

May 31, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.