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Richard J. Krasinski, 85, of Erie, died Sunday, August 18, 2013. He was born in Erie, Pa. on May 28, 1928, son of the late Anthony and Jean Chroscieleski Krasinski. Richard attended Erie Tech, and proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict
in the 1st Calvary Division – 70th Tank Battalion. He was employed at Erie City Iron Works for 27 years, Riley Stoker for 19 years, and had been retired for 20 years.
Richard was an accomplished musician, playing a variety of instruments such as: the saxophone, clarinet, accordion, harmonica, and the Hawaiian guitar. He was the co-owner of the Sammy Richards Band, having played in the 1950's at the Y-Astec, Cayarie Clubs, and for numerous college dances. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and made several trips to Canada for big game and fish. In his younger days, he was a very skilled pilot, flying planes, as one of his many hobbies. He was a member of St. George Catholic Church, the American Legion – Post 11, VFW
Post 470, Siebenbuerger Club, and the Walnut Creek Rifle Club. An avid football fan, his favorite teams were Notre Dame, Penn State, and the Steelers.
Richard is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou Jones Krasinski, whom he married September 15th, 1962; two sons, David Krasinski and his girlfriend Marcia Storten of Erie, and Paul Krasinski and his wife Lisa of Erie; two daughters, Diane Fiscus and her husband Matt of Pittsburgh, and Valerie Krasinski of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Tori, Lindsay, Blake and Courtney Fiscus, Angelina and Sophia Krasinski and a step-grandson, Roman Fronzaglia. He is also survived by his brother Don Krasinski and his wife Genny, and a sister Patricia Bruschi and her husband Lou, all of Erie, and many nieces and nephews.
Richard's family would like to thank all those at Western Reserve and Aseracare who cared for Richard with kindness and compassion.
Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty Streets, Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend Prayer Services there Thursday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. George Catholic Church. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Mary's Home of Erie, 607 East 26th Street, Erie, PA 16504, Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm Drive, Fairview, PA 16415 or St. George Catholic Church, 5145 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 20, 2013