Harry Thomas Bolla, age 88, passed peacefully, Wednesday, November 15, 2012 at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home. He was a former resident of Grandview Apartments. Harry was born in Erie on June 25, 1924; he was a son of the late Anthony and Mary (Makowski) Bolla. During WWII, he served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army 11th Airborne, receiving the American, Asiatic, Pacific Theater Medal with One Bronze Star. Before his retirement, he worked as a machinist at Copes Vulcan for 44 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 771 and the Sunflower Club. Harry was well liked by everyone and had a quick response for your answer and a keen sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and taking rides around town in his car. He also enjoyed trips to the casino as well as playing bingo and going on excursions with friends whenever he could. Harry will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude A. (Delinski) Bolla, in 1995, a son, Michael Bolla of Erie, a daughter, Geraldine (Geri) Kramer of Erie and a son-in-law James Staggs of Pangburn, Arkansas. Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Brinneman, husband Bill of Searcy, Arkansas, and Suzanne Staggs, of Pangburn, Arkansas; a son Thomas Bolla, of Erie; and a son-in-law Gary Kramer, of Erie. Also six grandchildren, Shawn McClish, wife Amanda; Michelle Barnett, husband Brad, Kadie Staggs, all of Arkansas; William Staggs, wife Necole, of California; Natalie Conway, husband Brian and Timothy Kramer, all of Erie. Also four great-grandchildren, Gavin, Keely, and Carson, of Arkansas and Brady, of Erie. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and his special friend Jean Teed. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, and may attend a prayer service there Monday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church at 1 o'clock. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Add condolences at bruggerfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 17, 2012