William John “Bingo Bill” Holena, Jr.
April 1, 1977 - February 5, 2021
William John “Bingo Bill” Holena, Jr., age 43, of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on April 1, 1977, he was the son of William John and Georgette J. (Chervenitski) Holena, Sr. of Edwardsville, PA. Bill was a 1995 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA and a 1999 graduate of Pennsylvania State University of University Park, PA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development & Family Studies. He worked for MBNA and Bank of America for many years prior to making his most recent employment as a Vice President of Debit Card Operations for BNY Mellon in Wilmington.
Bill served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Edwardsville (PA) Fire Dept., beginning in 1995. He served as a volunteer firefighter for Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co., beginning in 2005, where he also served on the board of directors and spearheaded countless fundraising projects, including Monday Night Bingo. Bill was also a Canal Little League coach and served on the board of directors. He was a member of the Hiram Lodge No. 25 A.F. & A.M. and a noble with Nur Shrine in New Castle. Bill was newly initiated on January 27, 2021, into the Newark Elks Lodge No. 2281.
Bill was preceded in death by his infant brother, William Holena; fraternal grandparents, William and Joan Holena; and maternal grandparents, George and Henrietta Chervenitski. He is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Tamara A. (Kratz) Holena; daughters, Victoria and Veronica, both at home; sister, Jennifer Holena of Oceanside, CA; brothers-in-law, Timothy Kratz (Beth Ann) and Thomas Kratz (Leslie), both of Nanticoke, PA; and numerous nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 pm until 8 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021, at Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company – Station #8, 410 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 345 Bear Christiana Road, Bear, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Entombment will be held privately.
Any family members or friends who are unable to attend the Mass of Christian Burial, can live stream the service on Zoom via meeting ID 859 9584 8549 and password 120303.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Go Fund Me page for the Bill Holena Memorial Fund by clicking here.