Richard ""Dick"" J. Bargielski

March 31st, 1931 - May 9th, 2018

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Richard Joseph “Dick” Bargielski, age 87, of Erie, passed away Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 in Florida.  Dick was born in Erie on March 31, 1931, a son of the late Teofil and Leocadia (Pelkowski)Bargielski.

Dick served in the U.S. Army.  He retired in 1995 from Hammermill / International Paper after 45 years of service.  He served on the Board of the Hammermill Credit Union for many years.

Dick was active at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  He was proud of his Polish heritage and entertained various audiences by singing Polish Christmas Carols and leading the Polish National Anthem at his family reunion which he coordinated for many years. He was a devout Catholic, acting as an altar server at times for Holy Rosary Church. His faith drove him to constant generosity toward others, whether it was something as simple as helping a friend or family in need or skilled as building wooden toys for underprivileged kids for the Santa’s Workshop program.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Therese Lombardo Bargielski in 2008, a daughter Beth Marie Fromknecht in 1988, and son John E. Bargielski in 2013.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.  He was still called “the baby” by his sisters Florence Bargielski, Therese Pinczewski, Josephine Bille, Gertrude Jasek, Dorothy Nowakowski, Emilie Bargielski, and Louise (“Lulu”) Metzger Lyons and his brothers Casimir (“Charlie”), Bernard, and Chester Bargielski.

Dick is survived by 6 Grandsons Jeffrey Fromknecht (Anne) of Boynton Beach, FL, Richard Charles Bargielski (Steven Hager) of Temple Terrace, FL, Michael and Matthew Bargielski of Ashtabula, OH, Daniel Fromknecht (Kiley Mier), Mark Inscho (Amanda), and Emily Inscho Phelps (deceased) of Erie, PA and his Great-Granddaughter, Beth Marie Fromknecht (his “little doll”). He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Lisa Bargielski, of Ashtabula, OH, and a son-in-law, Kenneth Fromknecht (Mary Grace), who welcomed Dick as part of the family.  He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.  

          Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 East 38th St. Services will be held there on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at Holy Rosary Church at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Side Project Inc., 2903 Davison Ave., Erie, PA  16504.