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James S. Jaroski, 62, of Erie, died Friday morning, May 11, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness. A resident of Erie all of his life he was born December 6, 1949, a son of Irene Drabic Jaroski and the late Stanley Jaroski. James was a 1967 graduate of Wattsburg Area High School and went on to attend veterinary school. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and went on to work at the G.E. for 35 years before retiring in 2005. He was a member and chief plant steward of U.E. Local 506 and also belonged to the Siebenbuerger Club. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon. Following retirement, he bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle which became one of the loves of his life. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisher, and enjoyed playing and coaching softball. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by one daughter, Irene Jaroski; and one sister, Patricia Jaroski. In addition to his mother survivors include his wife, Kathleen Susan Brennan Jaroski; his children, Leslie Jean Long and her husband, David, of Waterford, Catherine Ann Jaroski of Erie, James Michael "B.J." Jaroski and his wife, Lisa, of Erie, and Danielle Nicole "Nicky" Jaroski of Erie; two grandchildren, Stephanie M. and Raymond Anthony Carrier; one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn; one aunt, and many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to a memorial mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family Memorial contributions can be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16501 or the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505. Please visit www.schmidtfuneralhomeerie.com to sign the Book of Memories.

Published in the Erie Times-News on May 17, 2012
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