December 10, 1928 – October 22, 2019
Leonard Perkowski went home with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 just as the sun appeared after a rain shower with his wife, Doris, holding his hand.
Len was born on Dec. 10th, 1928 in Mt. Carmel, PA to Agnes Ryszkowska and Jackob Perkowski. He was the youngest of 8 children. One brother, Walter Perkowski and his lovely wife, Carol, reside in Atlanta, GA.
Len was married to Doris Denis Smart for 67 years. He was a proud father of three daughters and sons-in-law who called him “Daddio.”; Karen Forsee (Thomas), Nanette Kingsley (Jeffrey) and Noelle Bothe (Michael); grandchildren Keven and Kate Forsee, Jennifer Garcia who preceded him in death, Alex and Anthony Bothe; and great grandchildren Gabriel and Cameron Garcia.
In 1946, when he was 17 years old, Len, enlisted in the Army. He became a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division and trained at Ft. Bragg, NC and Ft. Benning, GA. He was sent to Sendai and Honshu, Japan, during the occupation. Len was promoted to Sgt. T4 status and in charge of Parachute Maintenance.
Upon returning home to Cleveland, Ohio he became a pattern/model maker, retiring at age 67.
He was a perfectionist in everything he did. But, we will all miss his corny jokes and miss-matched clothes.
When Len became ill with memory loss, Community Care and Hospice of Asheboro cared for him at home.
A special thank you goes to; Sue Sparks, Emily Owens, Denise Austin, Ashley Edward and Pastor Tom Kidd.
In September, Len entered Westchester Manor, where he was cared for with the same tenderness and love.
Upon his passing, all who cared for him came in to kiss him goodbye. What a beautiful farewell.
At Lens request, the family will gather to celebrate his life at a later date.
Online condolences for Leonard can be made at www.sechrestfunerals.com
- Jacob Perkowski, Father (deceased)
- Agnes Perkowski, Mother (deceased)
- Doris Denis Perkowski, Wife
- Karen Forsee and spouse Thomas, Daughter
- Nanette Kingsley and spouse Jeffrey, Daughter
- Noelle Bothe and spouse Michael, Daughter
- Keven Forsee, Grandchild
- Jinnifer Garcia, Grandchild (deceased)
- Alex Bothe, Grandchild
- Anthony Bothe, Grandchild
- Gabriel Garcia, Great Grandchild
- Cameron Garcia, Great Grandchild
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
October 29, 2019
Dad saved my life when I was around 7 yrs. old. The family went to Portage Lakes State Park with our little Sunfish sailboat and a picnic lunch. At the beach, I dogpaddled out too far, where I couldn’t touch bottom. I panicked because I didn’t know how to swim. The third (and probably last) time going under, I see Dad racing towards me. I coughed up a lot of Portage Lake water that day.
Couple years later, I returned the favor. Dad and I are leading the pack in a hot sailboat race on Chippewa Lake. We see a thunderstorm coming but we press on. Why? Because we’re in first place! Rounding the last pin and heading for the finish line, the storm capsizes our boat. Dad goes into the drink on the low side. I see his head bobbing under the mainsail. He’s trapped and floundering. I jump in and yank him out of there.
Although we never talked about these two events much, thanks to each other, we both survived to tell the tale.
So sail on, Daddio, sail on.
See you later, Love, Nan
October 28, 2019
Mr. and Mrs. Perkowski were two of my parents cherished, best friends. I have many wonderful memories of Len and will never forget his sense of humor, kindness and generous spirit. Love to all.
October 25, 2019
You made it to the big one! It gives me great peace in my heart that you are sharing that beautiful garden the Lord made for us with my Jennifer. We will all meet again in His Glory!
October 25, 2019
Not a day goes by without me thinking about great Grampa. He was the best Grampa anyone could ask for. And he raised the best Grandma I have in the world. Love you and you will always be in my heart!
October 24, 2019
I worked with uncle Leonard for 12 yrs at Lorain Modern. I learned a lot about the trade from him. He was a great guy to work with and to play golf with, he was pretty good too. Every time he came to the Cleveland area he always had to go to Ewa's Polish restaurant on Harvard Ave. That was a must. I have many fond memories of him and I will miss him.
sincerely, Ray Podkowa