Leo J. Brugger Jr.
1939 - 2021
Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory - West 38th St.
1595 West 38TH St.
Erie, PA
Leo J. Brugger, Jr., age 82, of Naples, Florida and Erie, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born in Erie on June 16, 1939 a son of the late Leo J. Brugger, Sr. and Kathryn L. (Reiser) Brugger.

He was a graduate of Cathedral Prep, Class of '57, University of Notre Dame, Class of '61 and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Class of '62. Leo was the oldest member of the fourth generation of funeral directors at Brugger Funeral Homes. His career spanned from 1962 until his retirement in 2006 where he comforted countless Erie families during their greatest time of need. He had been a member of St. Andrew Church, St. Peter Cathedral and most recently at St. Jude the Apostle Church. He served on many local boards including St. Mary's Home from 1997 to 2005 and the board at Marquette Savings Bank from 1993 to 2019. He was a member of the Erie Yacht Club, the Erie Club and Lake Shore Country Club.

Leo is survived by his wife of 58 years, Teresa A. (Minadeo) Brugger; his three children, Bonnie B. Hourican, husband Sean of Boston, Brian L. Brugger, wife Jenni of Denver and L.J. Brugger, wife Kathy of Erie; seven grandchildren, Megan, Haley and Lauren Hourican, Daniel and Rachel Brugger and Ethan and Will Brugger; his siblings, Jane Diefendorf, husband James of Naples, Fla., Mary Quinn, husband Thomas of Naples, Fla., John Brugger, wife Gretchen of Erie and Timothy Brugger, wife Laurie of Fairview. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive as well as many dear friends.

Leo was a true gentleman: kind, humble and generous. As many of his family and friends could attest, he was quite the Erie historian, always able to recall names, places and events. Leo will be greatly missed.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Patrick Church, 130 East 4th Street. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blanche Hartman Fund, c/o the Erie Community Foundation, 459 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507, or to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.

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Published by Erie Times-News on Jul. 18, 2021.
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With the deepest sympathy on Leo´s passing. I appreciated so much his insight and always taking time to share with me when I have asked him for advice. He was a great guy.
Nancy Dusckas
July 28, 2021
I always enjoyed seeing Leo out and about. He was always kind and a true gentleman. I spoke to Leo very recently at the Erie Yacht Club as he was havind dinner with his family. He looked really good. I was surprised to hear of his passing. My condolences to his loved ones.
Patrick D Deck
July 26, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Leo's passing-- he was a true gentleman, and will be so missed by many! We extend our deepest sympathy to Teresa, LJ, and the entire family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Cindy Hessinger
July 20, 2021
Dear Theresa and family. My heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. Leo was a true gentleman, kind to everyone he knew. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness.
Marilyn Holland
July 20, 2021
To Tim and John and the entire Brugger Family. Our deepest condolences. Fond memories of Mr "B" when I worked at 9th/38th street washing limo's during my college years. He always had a smile and a kind word.
John & Mary Jo Przybycin - Fort Wayne,IN.
July 18, 2021
My sympathy to the Brugger family, Right before Leo retired he took care of my husband Ray's funeral , and he was so helpful and caring. He will be missed.
margaret (Pius) Orlowski
July 18, 2021
My sympathy to all of the Brugger family. Many fond memories of Leo and his welcoming personality. The Joyce family happily enjoyed decades of friendship with the Bruggers.
Carol Joyce
July 18, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.
Leslie Guelcher
July 16, 2021
To L. J. and all of the Brugger Family, Our deepest condolences, you are in our prayers.
John & Kathy Agostini
July 16, 2021
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