Michelina "Lena" Dowling

June 26th, 1946 - November 21st, 2018

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Michelina “Lena” Farina Dowling, age 72, of Erie died on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at UPMC Hamot.

She was born on June 26, 1946 in Troia, Italy to the late Giovanni and Amelia DeStefano Farina.

Lena worked for Millcreek Community Hospital as a unit secretary for 25 years until retirement in 2005.  She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, traveling and communicating with people on Facebook.  Lena’s Italian heritage and traditions were very important to her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Donato Farina.

Lena is survived by her husband of 47 years, Arthur Dowling; daughters, Lorie Brinker (Rick) of Erie, Tammy Kimmy (Greg) of Waterford; siblings, John Farina of Plano, TX, Mario Farina of Erie, Sue Bischoff of Lakeland, FL, Lucia Farina of Tampa, FL, Dino Farina of Erie, Anna Sucharski (Chuck) of Erie, Robert Farina of Erie; grandchildren; Rachel Kimmy, Lindsay Brinker, and Megan Kimmy; many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 845 E. 38th St. on Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 and are invited to attend a prayer service on Monday at 10:00 am followed by a funeral mass at All Saints Church, 11264 Route 97, Waterford at 11:00 am.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Medical Intensive Care Unit staff at UPMC Hamot for their care and concern for Lena.

Memorials may be made to Perry Highway Hose Co., 8281 Oliver Rd., Erie, PA 16509.


Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.