Polish Legion of American Veterans announces awards

(Plain Press, November 2007) Roosevelt Post #58 and Pulaski Post #30 of the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) in the Tremont neighborhood have named Bob Berdys and Richard Przybysz as their Veterans of the Year. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish Legion of American Veterans has named Rose Marie Oblak their Woman of the Year.

Bob Berdys

Berdys attended Tremont Elementary School and Lincoln High School, where he excelled in academics, varsity baseball and ran cross-country races. He attended Kent State University until he joined the US Air Force. He served over 23 years, retiring in September 1994.  While in the Air Force he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal 5 times and the Meritorious Service Medal.  He also was Airman of the Quarter, Airman of the Year, NCO of the Quarter, NCO of the Year, Senior NCO of the Quarter, and Senior NCO of the Year.  His assignments included Wurtsmith AFB MI, Kadena AB Okinawa, Osan AB Korea (spanning 9 years and 5 different assignments), Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio, Rhein Main AB Germany, Hickam AFB Hawaii, and Randolph AFB Texas. and Carswell AFB Texas.

Berdys joined the PLAV in 1991 thanks to his father Edward Berdys, a former WWII POW who, at the age of 87, is a lifetime member of PLAV and member of Pulaski Post #30.

Bob has been an active member of Roosevelt Post #58 since 1995. He volunteers for Sunday Escort/Coffee Services at the Brecksville VA Hospital. He has served as a delegate to two PLAV National Conventions, and has also served as a delegate to four State PLAV conventions.  He serves on the Department of Ohio State Board Liaison Officer to the Ladies Auxiliary.    

Berdys is the proud father of two children, Monica, age 31 and Brian, age 30, who reside in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Richard Przybysz

Przybysz has been a member of Pulaski Post #30 since 1972. He has held several offices including Post Adjutant and Post 1st Vice-Commander for three years. He has been a delegate to National Conventions held in Michigan, Illinois, Nevada and Washington D.C., as well as at several Ohio State Board Conventions. He has been an active member of the Post 30 Rifle Squad and participates in the annual Polish Constitution Day Parade. He has been one of the Color Guard at the VA Wade Park Hospital, at St. John Cantius Church on Good Friday, funerals of deceased members and Honor Guard at the Rittman, Ohio Veterans Cemetery.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Pryzbysz was trained in radio repair and served with the 75th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.  Przybysz and his spouse Mary Lee (Jasko) celebrated their fifty-fourth anniversary this past June. Their lives have been blessed with four children, Dr. Richard A., Battle Creek, MI.; Dr. Jeffrey A., Highland Hts.; Kathleen Lee Graham, RN, Merrill, WI.; Dr. Mary Kay Peterson, Ft. Myers, FL.; and Patricia Vivolo, Hong Kong. They have eleven grandchildren. Pryzbysz retired from Chem-Central after thirty-four years of driving a truck. Besides traveling to visit family, golfing, bowling and driving part-time for American Limousine, Rick has served as his Condo Association President. Rick, his son, and grandson share the same first name and birthday, a fact that has been recorded in Bob Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Rose Marie Oblak

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish Legion of American Veterans has named Rose Marie Oblak their Woman of the Year. A member of Chapter 31 for six years, she has held the position of Sgt.-at-Arms.  She has been faithful in getting the United States and PLAV Flags to funeral homes and burial services for the Final Salute of any deceased Auxiliary member.

Oblak has attended the last two Ohio State Board Conventions and was a Delegate from Chapter 31 at the 2006 National Convention in Florida. Each time she worked with enthusiasm on the committees to which she was appointed, involving herself to the full extent.  She has been the motivation for several women who have decided to become more active in Chapter 31.

Rose Marie is a volunteer at Wade Park VA Hospital with her Chapter for ward treats and Sunday Mass. She and husband Frank have been married for 45 yrs.  They met while attending Fenn College (now Cleveland State University), where they were active in the Newman Club.  They started their family a few years after Frank received his degree.  They are parents of five children; Francine, Madison, WI.; Frank M., Akron; Jeanine, Euclid; Christine, Luxemburg, Europe; and Lorrine, Denver, CO.  Rose Marie and Frank are members of St. William Parish in Euclid, where she is President of the Senior Club and a member of the Parish Council.

Being a wife, mother and grandmother keeps Rose Marie very busy, but she is always willing and co-operative in furthering the objectives of the Polish Legion of American Veterans.


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