I am the Resurrection and the Life
         He who believes in me even if he dies shall Live. Dorothy DeFazio Bielak
79, crossed over  Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004,
She was born May 3, 1925, in Erie, daughter of the late Salvadore and Mary Augustine DeFazio.
She was a custodian for the Erie School District, retiring after more than 20 years.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Nuova Aurora Club. She enjoyed bowling at the CYS Club, reading and playing bocce.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Bielak; five brothers, Nicholas, George, Angelo, Kida and Salvatore DeFazio; and a sister, Rosie DeFazio.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Bielak and Kristina Straub and her husband, William, all of Erie; two sons, Edwin Bielak and James Bielak and his wife, Kathy, all of Erie; a brother, Joseph DeFazio of Erie; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Laid to rest at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.

Dorothy Bielak


Celebrate this holiday season knowing that Dorothy is watching and wishes family and friends happiness and love. Merry Christmas 2004

Wishing Dorothy a Happy Birthday  Happy Birthday flowers  May 3rd.

August 25, 2009 5 years ago Dorothy passed away.  Although gone from sight, never gone from her families thoughts and prayers.
Just know that once again we will see Dorothy  but until then we will keep her memory alive here.

May 13, 2012

from your family.


May 3, 2013
Today marks your 88th birthday Dorothy. Hope you are celebrating it today and I know your family and friends are remembering this day and missing you still,

May 12, 2013

August 25, 2013

It has been 9 years since you left this Earth. I know your family misses you daily and remember this day every year.



from your family

Feb. 14, 2014



April 3, 3014

from all your family and friends.

May 11, 2014


August 25, 2014

Your family thinks of you often and misses you.


December 2014


May 3, 2015




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Joining Dorothy on this day is her son James. What a wonderful reunion that must have been.

James D. Bielak

James Bielak

March 22, 1965  -  September 14, 2007

     James, 56 yrs old, joined his mother Dorothy in heaven after a courageous battle with cancer.
 He was the owner of    Bielak’s Auto Transport and previously worked at PA Soldier’s & Sailor’s Home and Zurn Industries. Jim was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and was previously vice-president of the AFL-CIO for 11 years. He was on the Board of the EC and EC Credit Union and helped organize the steel worker’s unions. He was a member of St. Peter Cathedral, the Polish Businessmen’s Club and the Siebenbuerger Club.
Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathleen Herring Bielak; three children, Wendy Gaiser (fiancé, Allen Rose), James D. Bielak, Jr. (Elizabeth) and Christopher A. Bielak, all of Erie; one brother, Edward Bielak (Mary) of North East; two sisters, Mary “Bebe” Bielak and Kristina Straub (William), all of Erie; seven grandchildren, Cory, Brittany and Nicholas Gaiser and Jack, Alex, Noah and Irvin Bielak; many nieces and nephews.
Laid to rest in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.


In loving memory of
James D. Bielak
March 22, 1951 - September 14, 2007


God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come  to me."

With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away,
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.


Please send your comments and memories to memories@lifeeverafter.com

Jim, I'm very sorry that you lost your father. He was a great guy. I'm sure he is very proud of you. He will be with you every day on the street.
Sean Perseo (north port, FL)

Jimmy, Wendy and Chris, So much of your dad lives on through all of you. He will not be forgotten.
Tim Kujan (Waterford, PA)

I've lost a truly good friend. Fond memories of Jim will always remain with me. From walking to school together in first grade to Jim picking me up in his car and riding to high school. Plus everything in between. Jim had the best personality and positive attitude. He could always make you laugh and he remembered everything.
I will miss him dearly and his phone calls from "The Road". My thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and all of Jim's family. It's a very sad day today.
Jim and Diane
Jim Kozlowski (Tampa, FL)

September 15, 2007
What a wonderful cousin and a guy with a kind and big heart that reached out to others. You will be missed in the lives of many.
Patty Palmer (Erie, PA)

September 15, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
Glenn & Julie Rogers (Erie, PA)

September 15, 2007
Kris and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. Patricia and Jay Fidorra
Patricia Fidorra (Erie, PA)

September 15, 2007
all of you are in our thoughts and prayers
Mark, Laura, Holly and Markie Licone (Erie, PA)

September 15, 2007
Jim was a very courteous man. My sympathy and prayers are with his family
Ken Wayne (Boca Raton, FL)

September 16, 2007
I am so sorry for your lost and Jim will be missed dearly. He was a kind man.
Robert & Becky Scalise (Erie, PA)
 September 16, 2007
I am so sorry for your lost and Jim will be missed dearly. He was a kind man.
Robert & Becky Scalise (Erie, PA)

September 16, 2007
Jim ,Liz & family,
We were very sad to hear of your loss. You and your whole family are in our prayers.
You dad was a terrific person!
mindy peake
missy shaffer & family
dorothy wronek
angie duke & famliy
melinda peake (Eerie, PA)

September 16, 2007
Our deepest sympathy to you. We have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill & Sue Klem (Erie, PA)

I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. My deepest sympathies.
Tom Torok (Erie, PA)

September 17, 2007
You are in our thoughts and Prayers
The Dvorak Family
Rick Dvorak (Petersburg, VA)

September 17, 2007
Kathy & Family,
We were very sorry to hear about Jim. We just couldn't believe it! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours in this time of sorrow.
Leo & Laurie LaGrandeur (Erie, PA)

September 17, 2007
I am deeply sorry for your family's loss. He was a great man, and I know he will be sorely missed.
I can definitely say that I consider myself lucky and fortunate to have met him.
I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.
Michele Krantz (Erie, PA)


September 17, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Crystal Drain (North East, PA)

September 17, 2007
Kathy and Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Sue Ferraro and Bill Gartner (Erie, PA)

September 17, 2007
I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Nancy Brown (Erie)

September 17, 2007
Wendy and Family -
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lori & Ken Kruszewski (Erie, PA)

September 17, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Nicole Bean-Grzelak (Erie, PA)

September 18, 2007
Kathy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers
Chris Kuiperi (PA)

September 18, 2007
Officer Jim Bielak & Family,
God took your Father home, it was His will, but in your hearts you'll love him still. His memory is as dear today as in the hour he passed away. You'll often sit and think of him when you are all alone, for your memory brings a grin. your Dad is sleeping so free from pain, His Sickness has ended. His troubles are over, Lord has taken him to a field of clover. Our Prayers are with you, and you family.
Vipers' .N.W./Patricia Stovall (Erie)

September 19, 2007
Kathy and family, My heart is broken over your loss of such a great man!
God Bless all of you.
Love, Barb Walker.
Barb Walker (Erie, PA)

September 20, 2007
Kathy, sorry about your loss, my sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family.
Lamoona Hubbart (Erie, PA)

September 22, 2007
Sorry for your loss, may the love of Jesus Christ and your family and friends embrace you.
My prayers are with you also.
Bonnie Heiges (Erie, PA)

September 14, 2008

The anniversary of Jim's passing. Be with his family today and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

I just heard about your loss.
Our condolences.
Jennifer (Osmanski) Macpherson and Family 
Rochester, NY


Stopping by with a memory of Christmas 2009


December 2010
Wishing  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Please remember our loved ones during this holiday season.

Jim, I just found out about your loss. In spite of being an ocean away my thoughts are with you today.
James was my favourite brother in law and I will always keep him in my heart.
Ursula and James Herring



March 22, 2013
Stopping by today to say



Its been six years. Your family remembers this day.



March 22, 2014

On your birthday James, we think of you and remember the happy times.

from your family and friends.



December 2014


March 22, 2015

Happy Birthday from your family.


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