AMerican Veteran 11

Edward A. Biedenkapp

March 2, 1935 ~ February 14, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Edward Biedenkapp Obituary

Edward Allan Biedenkapp, 88, of Browndale, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on February 14th, 2024.

Edward was born on March 2 nd ,1935 to Ada and Henry Biedenkapp in Rockaway Queens New York. He grew up in Queens County Richmond Hill, New York and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1953. After graduating, he went on to serve his country in the Navy for 4 years, an experience that profoundly changed and enriched Edward, as he would fondly tell stories from his time in the service for the rest of his life. It was during his time in the Navy that another life changing moment occurred, meeting the love of his life, and wife of nearly 66 years, Sue.

While Ed was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia he met Sue through mutual friends and was drawn to her right away. They wrote love letters for 6 months while he was away stationed in Europe, and upon returning he proposed, and they were married on March 8th, 1958. Together he and Sue shared a marriage of true commitment and love through the many ups and downs of life. Ed carried a photo of Sue, taken when they met, for the rest of his life. 

After the wedding they moved to Queens, New York City , eventually buying a home together in 1974. He and Sue went on to have 4 children together; Linda, Valorie, Kim, and Edward Jr. They also have 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Edward worked for the New York City Transit Authority for 22 years, beginning his great love of all things trains, and at Marymount College for 7 years before retiring. In 1992 Edward and Sue sold their home in Queens and moved to Browndale, Pennsylvania where they have resided ever since. Their home in Browndale has been the site of countless holidays, celebrations and happy summer days for our family. Throughout his life, Edward’s love for his family was profound and unwavering. He absolutely adored spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and went to great lengths to be at every graduation, wedding, recital, theater performance and big game. Edward never turned down a game of Scattergories, and when asked to play by his grandchildren, the answer was always yes.

In his retirement, one could often find Edward woodworking in his shed and creating pieces that his family have and will always treasure. From dollhouses to go karts to furniture, if asked, Ed could make it. He took great pride and pleasure in carpentry, as well as painting, drawing, and creating models. He was fantastic at crossword puzzles. Edward was also an avid reader and loved learning. He was always interested in history and historical facts, especially as it pertained to military history; and he could talk circles around almost anyone about the civil war.

Edward loved to garden, and in the spring and summer you’d find him lovingly tending to his tomato plants. As a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone as wonderful as Ed. He was a man of great faith and fortitude, attending his Methodist church for many years. You could always count on him to share a story or tell a joke, usually accompanied by an impression and multiple sound effects. You could also count on him to eat almost anything. But most importantly, you could always count on Edward to be kind, patient, caring, gentle, thoughtful, hard working, supportive, steadfast, and loving. In his nearly 89 years of life, he built a family filled with love, laughter and countless happy memories. He was and will forever be part of the bedrock of our family, and we will love and miss him more than one can possibly imagine.

Edward was predeceased by his father Henry George Biedenkapp, his mother Ada Nostrand Biedenkapp, his brother Henry Jr., sisters Dorothy and Elizabeth, and step brother Robert. 

Edward is survived by his wife Sue, his children Linda Coon (Frank), Valorie Poli (Joseph), Kim Pearlman (Alan), and Edward Jr Biedenkapp (Melissa). As well as his grandchildren, Trish Sprague (Dana), Dana Labulis (Craig), Frankie Coon, Kelsey Poli, Taylor Poli (Alexia), Ryan Pearlman (Ashley), Timmy Pearlman (Fur-Elize), Carson Poli (Billy), Lyndsey Bassion (Ken), and Shane Poli. And by his great grandchildren, Easton and Carter Labulis, Emersyn Sprague, and Ariel and Gabriel Coon.

Our family would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Jessica and Diane for their continual and compassionate care of Edward over the last few years of his life.

Cremation services are private through the Kevin m. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City.

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