Retired Erie Fire Department Chief Arthur J. Jaskiewicz, 88, of Erie, died Monday morning March 11, 2013 at St. Vincent Health Center following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Erie he was born March 1, 1925 a son of the late John F. and Pearl Olszewski Jaskiewicz. Arthur was a 1943 graduate of East High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. He proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II on a B17 Ball Turret Gunner in the 15th Air Force, 2nd Bomb Group, 49th Squadron. Arthur worked with the Erie Fire Department for over 40 years before retiring as Chief in 1990. Following retirement he worked at Erie International Airport as a screener for nine years. He was a member of the American Legion Carl Neff Post #571 and a life member of the Second Bomb Group of the United States Air Force. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church and a life member of the East Erie Turners. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, John A. and J. Robert Jaskiewicz; and one brother in law, Donald Yaugher. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Rosemary Dembinski Jaskiewicz; three sons, Philip J. Jaskiewicz and his wife Roberta of Alexandria, La., Arthur L. Jaskiewicz and his wife Christine of Erie, and Gerard S. Jaskiewicz and his wife Susan of Erie; one sister, Barbara Yaugher of Strongsville, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Angela (Justin), Janet (Robert), Emily (Dominic), Arthur III (Stacie), Patricia (Andy), Diane (Brian), and Ian; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to a prayer service there on Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Luke Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. and entombment with military honors will be in Mary Queen of Peace Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Luke Catholic Church, 421 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16504; the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 West 12th St., Erie, PA 16505; or EWTN Daily Mass, 5817 Old Lees Road, Irondale, AL 35210. Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 13, 2013