" He was a Gentle Man" Joseph E. Biggie, age 90, formerly of West 32nd Street, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 at St. Mary's Home at Asbury Ridge. He was born in Erie on June 15, 1921 a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Scheider) Biggie. Joseph was a graduate of Strong Vincent High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He participated in operation Ivory Soap and received a good conduct medal, a WWII victory medal, and a bronze star. Joseph worked in shipping at Gloeckler Refrigeration until his retirement. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church and volunteered at the Millcreek Food Pantry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Florence (Penkalski) Biggie in 2009, a daughter Susan (Biggie) Petrocco; a grandson Michael Biggie; four brothers, Lawrence, Charles, Leo and Richard Biggie and a sister Frances Penkalski. Joseph is survived by a daughter Deborah McChesney, husband Bruce of McKean; a son William Joseph Biggie, wife Maria of Douglasville, Georgia; six grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Blvd. Further visiting will be held at St. Mary's Home at Asbury Ridge Chapel, 4855 West Ridge Road, on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of a Liturgy service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16501. Condolences at bruggerfuneralhomes.com. The family's grief is unbearable, made easier only by the love and support of family and friends, and by our faith which teaches us that one day we will again see him and all our faithful departed in Heaven.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 4, 2012