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Leo J. "Sonny" MacKrell

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Leo J. "Sonny" MacKrell, age 79, of Erie, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 18, 2012, after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Erie, he was the son of the late Leo J. MacKrell Sr. and Catherine Connroe MacKrell. In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by his two sisters, Carol Swencki and Theresa Beganics. He is survived by the love of his life, Berley "BJ" Brasco MacKrell, to whom he was married for 37 years. He is also survived by his sister, Elinora Klomp of Lakewood, Ohio; nieces Elizabeth (Brian) Tenner of Chicago, Debbie Morton, Darlene Beganics and Cindy (Bob) Pelkowski and nephew Michael (Jill) Williams, all of Erie; brother-in-law Rev. Donald (Mary Jane) Brasco of Glassboro, N.J.; nieces Lori (Dorsey) Marshall of Mullica Hill, N.J., and Camille Brasco (fiancé Guy Davis) of Glassboro, N.J.; and nephew Donald (Donna) Brasco of Sewell, N.J.. He is also survived by great-nieces Isabel and Abby Tenner, Danielle, Maria and Erica Brasco, Catherine and Julia Marshall and nephews Jacob Tenner and Donnie Brasco, as well as dozens of other nieces, nephews and cousins. While survived by many friends, Leo's most dear are Artie Arkelian, Walter Chernoff, Jim McGoey and Pat Rodgers. Leo was a graduate of East High School and attended Gannon University. He was a Korean War Veteran and toured France in 1953 as a member of the All-Army Basketball team. In his first job, Leo was a truant officer, a role in which he befriended many young people. Later, he was a manager of Lawrence Park Golf Club, the University Club and retired from food service management at Pleasant Ridge Manor. An avid member of the Erie community, he was a member of Erie Wolves Den VIII, was named Man of the Year in 1995 and chaired many committees. He was the first co-chair for the first Lou Tullio campaign, and for 48 years, Leo co-chaired the Art Arkelian Sports Banquet. He was a member of the Erie Maennerchor Club and contributed his time and talents to support many projects, including the Erie Charity Golf Classic, Erie County 4-H fair, and various scholarship funds for the Wolves Den VIII and Par for Projects Golf Tournament for First Assembly of God. Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a Funeral Service on Monday at 11 a.m at First Alliance Church, 2939 Zimmerly Road, with Pastor Dave Snyder officiating. Burial will follow in Erie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the memorial fund at First Alliance Church, 2939 Zimmerly Road, Erie, PA 16506 or Kanzius Cancer Research, 130 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16501. Add condolences and photos at

Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 20, 2012
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