Albert Joseph Oldakowski Sr. of Erie died peacefully at his home on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the age of 88.
He was born in Cherry Valley on April 24, 1924, son of Anthony and Aurlia Objenski Oldakowski.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Matthew, Henry, Charles and Chester; his sister, Margaret Opanowitz; and a son, James Oldakowski.
Al is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Rosalia (Rose) Rung Oldakowski.
Al graduated from East High School where he played several sports and was a recipient of the American Legion Award.
Al and Rose were married on Nov. 27, 1941.
He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served on an LST. Al was a Gunner’s Mate, 2nd Class. He survived the Battle of Normandy.
Al was employed for 17 years at General Electric and retired from Keystone Towel and Linens Supplies in Erie.
Al Earned many bowling awards and was an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan.
He was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.
His greatest pleasure came from the family, entertaining them with stories of his experiences as an athlete, spouse, parent, sailor, and grand- and great-grandparent.
Besides his wife, Al is survived by his son, Al Jr. and his wife, Katrina, of Meadville; a daughter, Christine Rogers and her husband, Tom, of Brenham, Texas; five grandchildren, Marie, Julie, Michael, Tim and Dawn; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Al’s family is indebted to each of his caregivers including Jamie, Amy, Sue, Ardys and Mohammed. We are grateful for the continual support of Hospice of Metropolitan Erie.
Friends may call at Dusckas Funeral Home, 2607 Buffalo Road, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a prayer service there on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.
A full military service will follow, conducted by the Carl Neff American Legion Post No. 571.
Private interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, 202 E. 10th St., Erie, Pa. 16503.
To send condolences, visit dusckasfuneralhome.com.