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Walter R. (Sarge) Sierota

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Walter R. (Sarge) Sierota Obituary

Walter R. Sierota, age 82, of Erie, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born on January 3, 1932 to the late Walter J. and Marie Robaskiewicz Sierota.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Seifert Sierota whom he married on June 15, 1957; his son, John, wife, Pat, and grandson, Alex, of Atlanta, Georgia. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Christine Sierota; nieces, Susan Cermak, husband, Bill, Deborah Milligan, husband, Owen, and Doreen Szparaga, husband, Michael; and many grand nieces and nephews.

Walt was a graduate of Cathedral Prep, class of 1950. He was a member of the Rambler football team of 1949 that won the first city football title. Walt served his country in Korea, and continued his military career in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a full-time employee. He was a Sergeant First Class for Hqs. and C Companies in Erie, Corry and Warren, Pa. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Pennsylvania Twenty Year Service Medal/ Silver Star. He retired on January 3, 1992, with 39 years of military service.

His main interest was his family, especially his grandson, Alex. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Ruth to the yearly family vacation to Hilton Head and to Atlanta to see his son's family. Throughout his life, he was a supporter of education, Cathedral Prep, his son, John, at Michigan State and his grandson, Alex, at Georgia Tech. He enjoyed watching Michigan State and Cathedral Prep games and collecting sports cards and memorabilia.

Walt was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Parish.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16508 at Greengarden Blvd. Services will be held there on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church at 11 a.m. Burial will follow with full military honors in Trinity Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady's Christian School, www.ourladyschristian.com or Cathedral Preparatory School, www.prep-villa.com.

Condolences may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from June 8 to June 9, 2014
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