Ed Lahr, a recent resident of Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough, Maine, died on January 30, 2013. Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on April 6, 1928, he was the son of Joseph and Grace (Miller) Lahr. He was a graduate of Indiana High School and served in the US Army as a Platoon Sergeant during the Korean War. As a long-time resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, Ed retired from Lord Manufacturing in 1993, where he worked as a machinist. He retired to Gilbert Arizona and lived his later years in Biddeford, Maine. Ed is remembered as a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend. As an avid Pittsburgh fan, he faithfully followed Pittsburgh Pirates baseball and the NFL with his beloved Steelers. Ed was known for his "green thumb" and his impressive vegetable gardens. He also had a beautiful tenor voice and is most proud of his many years making music as a member of the St. George Church Choir and the Moniuszko Glee Club in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor in 2005 and his sisters Rosemary Lazor and Rita Bartlebaugh. He is survived by his brother Joseph Robert Lahr, daughters Debra Ann (William Vogt) of Phoenix, Azriz. and Sharon Marie Lahr and Diane Patrice (Paul Unni) of Biddeford, Maine. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren include â€" Gregory Staab, Kevin Staab, Lindsey Vogt, Lauren Vogt, Paige Unni, Jake Staab, Ellie Staab and Alexander Staab. He will also be missed by his sister-in-law Mildred Hornyak of Erie, Pennsylvania, by his neighbors on Harding Drive in Erie and by many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their gratitude and thanks to the many caregivers from Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Facility in Kennebunk, Maine and the staff of Southern Maine Hospice for their abundant kindness and compassion provided to Ed and his family during his final years. At his request no calling hours will be observed. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Martha's Church, 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk, Maine, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and a private burial service and internment will be conducted at Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Springvale, Maine. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hope Memorial Chapel, Biddeford, Maine. To share condolences with the family online please visit: www. Hopememorial.com. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074 or at http://www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 5, 2013