Leonard Michael Wroblewski

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Leonard Michael Wroblewski, age 88, of Erie, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Pennsylvania Soldiers & Sailors Home. He was born in French Creek, New York, November 12, 1924, a son of the late Alexander and Wanda (Niedzwiecka)Wroblewski. Leonard attended Clymer Schools and was an altar server at St. Matthias Church in French Creek N.Y. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II; fought in the Battle of the Bulge, European Invasion with the 275th Armored Field Artillery, Battery C. He was stationed in Germany, Belgium and Holland. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, the WWII Victory Medal and Sharpshooter Award. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. Leonard was employed with Erie Builders/Shoreline Construction, retiring after 30 years of service. An avid bowler, he was a member of the American Legion, Carl Neff Post in Wesleyville, Veterans of Foreign War, Polish Falcons and the Siebenbuerger Club. Leonard was a dedicated family man and jack of all trades. He worked, lived and loved the land on his farm where all were invited to share in his wealth and happiness. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edmund Wroblewski and Alexander (Junior) Wroblewski; his sisters, Adella Padavoni, Ruth Spencer and Irene Smelik; a great granddaughter, Arihanna Tate and a son in law Daniel Holdnack. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rita Ann (Prawdzik) Wroblewski; his 11 children, Christine Spare of Erie, Susan Horvat (Jim) of Erie, Sandy Shouse (Tom) of Erie, Cynthia Carpenter (Jeffrey) of Dunkirk, N.Y., Jeanette Snippert (David) of Erie, Elizabeth Coleman (John) of Erie, Philip Wroblewski (Maria) of French Creek, N.Y., Victoria Murray (Keith)of Troy, Ill. Leonard Wroblewski (Shelley) of Erie, Amy Holdnack of Orchard Park, N.Y. and Katherine Wroblewski (John Fehr) of Erie; a brother, Joseph Raymond Wroblewski of Wattsburg, and a sister Lucy Colli of St. Petersburg, Florida; 38 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. Leonard wants to be remembered as a "Jolly Good Fellow". He always said "Jesus will come and say, Leonard take my hand and walk with me now". Family and friends may call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 East 38th Street, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend services there on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Avenue. Burial with full military honors at St. Matthias Cemetery, French Creek, N.Y. In lieu of flowers memorials suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Activity Fund, 560 East 3rd St. Erie, PA 16507. Condolences and photos may be sent to www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 21, 2013
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