Edwin J. Jakubowski
Mr. Edwin J. Jakubowski, age 87, of Erie, passed away quietly at home with his family by his side on Sunday, October 13, 2019. He was born in Erie, PA on February 23, 1932, a son of the late Joseph and Jean Janiak Jakubowski.
Mr. Jakubowski was a 1949 graduate of Erie Technical School. He was in the National Honor Society, inducted in his junior year. Ed served in the U.S. Army from 1950 until 1952 in the 1st Cavalry Division and with the 61st Field Artillery. He served in Korea and was serving on a convoy that got pulled over to the side of the road to allow a smaller convoy filled with several generals to go by. In that convoy was General Douglas MacArthur. Edwin asked General MacArthur, “When are we going to turn around and fight?” General MacArthur’s answer was “Soon son, soon!” He attended Gannon College and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career in 1961 as a machine shop instructor for the Erie City School District and later was the Assistant Director of Vocational Education for the Erie School District, retiring in 1989. Upon retirement, Edwin worked from 1990 until 1996 as a traveling professor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was a 2010 census worker and part time for Pro Golf. He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and served as a member of one of the first Eucharistic Ministry teams. He married the former Antoinette “Toni” Fabrizio Jakubowski on June 11, 1955. They were married for 64 years. He was a long time member of the Lawrence Park Golf Club and during his life he got 3 hole in ones. Edwin was an assistant coach of his son’s hockey team, the Erie Lions. He was also an assistant basketball coach at St. George Church. He also loved to travel and hunt for deer, duck and rabbits.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Matthew, brother, Leonard, brother-in-law, Joseph Kala, and sister-in-law, Carmela Jakubowski.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Denise Brackett, of Charleston, SC; one granddaughter, Courtney Perschka, three greatgrandchildren, Braydan & Hailey Perschka, and Ella Mae Bartlett, step great-grandson, Ryan Bailey Perschka, sisters, Nancy Kala, of Erie and Barbara Silber (Robert), of Richardson, TX, and William Jakubowski (JoAnn), of Bloomington, IN, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Family and friends will be received at Burton Wintergreen Funeral Home, 2532 Norcross Rd., Erie, PA 16510 on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 3-7 PM and Saturday from 10 until 10:30 AM followed by a funeral mass at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 1553 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16510 with Father Raymond Hahn officiating. Burial will follow at Winter Green Gorge Cemetery, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church or the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Faith Life, Attn: Sue Berdis, both at the address above. The family would like to thank Home Health Services for the excellent care provided and a special thanks to Denny, Danielle, Cristina, Casey, and a very, very special thanks to Father Raymond Hahn and Sue Berdis.
Please send condolences at www.burtonfuneralhome.com.
Friday, October 25th, 2019 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Burton Wintergreen Funeral Home – East Millcreek/Belle Valley - 2532 Norcross Rd. Erie, PA 16510
Saturday, October 26th, 2019, 11:00 AM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 1553 E. Grandview Blvd. ERIE, PA 16510
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery - 2601 Norcross Road Erie, PA 16510