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Leo J. Niedzwecki, age 89, a long time resident of Erie, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Conway, South Carolina. Born in Ridgway, PA, on March 25, 1927, Leo was a son of the late Joseph and Kordula (Kalinoska) Niedzwecki.
He retired in 1989 as a supervisor at PHB Industries, where he started as an aluminum die caster and worked for 33 years, hardly ever missing a day. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, and enjoyed all sports, especially golfing with his sons. “POPPA” loved traveling to South Carolina, Illinois and California to visit his children, grandchildren and to play with his nine precious little ones. He also loved sitting on the back porch with his sister Rosie at her home, in Ridgway, high atop the Allegheny mountains.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rita A. (Golebieski) Niedzwecki, who died in 2000; two brothers, John and Vincent Niedzwecki; and a sister, Frances Baranski. Rita and Leo celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary just before she went to be with Jesus. Leo has spent the last 17 years anticipating their reunion. Now they are happily reunited in heaven for eternity.
Survivors include three sons: Michael J. (Cathy) Niedzwecki, Myrtle Beach, SC, Lee P. (Debbie) Niedzwecki, Ottawa, IL, and Robert S. (Michele) Niedzwecki, San Ramon, CA; a sister, Rose Dattoli, Ridgway, PA; sisters-in-law Patricia Golebieski, and Valerie (Norman) Haight, all of Johnsonburg, PA; six grandchildren: Michelle (Tim) Eller, Scott (Kristin) Niedzwecki, Stacy (Cory) Dorsey, Joe (Beth) Niedzwecki, Shane (Ashley) Niedzwecki and Amy Niedzwecki; nine great-grandchildren: Dylan & Aydan Eller, Emma & Coleton Niedzwecki, Rylan, Ayla & Skylar Dorsey, Izaak & Maddox Leo Niedzwecki; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, on Friday, April 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. and may attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 22, at 10 o’clock a.m., at Sacred Heart Church, 816 West 26th Street. Interment will be in Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 2115 West 38th Street, Erie, 16508.