Matthew A. Laskowski, age 87, of Erie, passed away Thursday evening, June 22, 2017 at LECOM Senior Living Center after a period of failing health.
A lifelong resident of Erie, he was a son of the late Adam and Stella Laskowski. He graduated from East High School where he participated in cross country, track & field, varsity basketball and boxing. Matthew continued to enjoy sports all his life and played baseball for the GE Blues in the City League, and later played softball for the GCS Club and Brookside Tavern. He loved the game of golf and was an active member of the Lawrence Park Golf Club, he was a former member of the East High Boosters, and he, his brothers and their sons were active participants in the Brothers Bowling Association.
Matt was a member of many fraternal organizations in Erie including the Siebenbuerger and Muniscko Clubs, and was a life member of the Huzars and Zhukar Clubs.
Matt retired from General Electric after 43 years of service and was a life member of U.E. Local 506.
Surviving family members include eight children: Matthew Laskowski of West Palm Beach, FL, Jeanne Laskowski of Fincastle, VA, Patty (Steve) Lada of Erie, Liz (Larry) Norman of Erie, Rich (Phyllis) Laskowski of Akron, OH, Mark (Mary) Laskowski of Erie, Kevin (Tom) Laskowski of Cincinnati, OH, and Joanne Olszewski of Erie; also, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Matt is further survived by three brothers, Walter, Leo, and Robert Laskowski, and a sister, Loretta Balkavic; and his long-time companion and best friend, Marita Royall, and her daughters Linda (Kevin) Carroll and Susan (Chuck) Young.
Matt was preceded in death by a son, William Laskowski; and his siblings: Mary, Zigmont, Gladys, Lillian, Joseph, John, Theodore, Stanley, Nancy, and Francine.
Friends are invited to call at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Monday starting at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at which time the funeral service will begin. Officiating will be Larry Norman, Matthew’s son-in-law. Burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.