Leona L. Rutkowski Desser

September 28th, 1923 - August 3rd, 2017

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          Leona L. (Rutkowski) Desser, 93, of Erie, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Brookside Homes.

           She was born on September 28, 1923 in Erie, daughter of the late Stanley and Louise (Koscielniak) Rutkowski.

           Leona was a wonderful homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Church.  She was an exceptional seamstress, who loved sewing and designing many things including wedding dresses; she had a green thumb and loved gardening, and was an avid reader.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

           Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leonard Desser; sister, Eugenia Tuznik and brother, Edward Rutkowski

           She is survived by her daughter, Marlene M. Roach (John) of Fairview Park, OH; sons, Daniel L. Desser (Mary Ann) of Virginia Beach, VA and Ronald J. Desser (Sharon) of Erie; grandchildren, Danielle Desser Blair (Daniel), Ryan Desser, Patrick Roach, Jonathan Roach (Cherry) and Andrew Roach; step grandchildren, Jason Loader (Allison) and Andrea Watt; sisters, Gertrude Mioduszewski and Dorothy Dahl both of Erie; five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

           Leona’s family wishes to express their thanks to the wonderful staff of Comfort Care, Regional Home Health & Hospice and a special thank you to Stephanie.

           Friends may call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd. on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and are invited to attend a prayer services at the funeral home on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at Sacred Heart Church at 10:00 a.m.

           Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

           Memorials may be made to Regional Home Health & Hospice or Sacred Heart Church.