Leona M. (Laukitis) Lesky, 92, passed away at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida Friday, January 25, 2013. She was born October 29, 1920, to Charles and Marcella (Aravich) Laukitis in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Leona moved to Port Charlotte from Elyria, in 1982.
Before moving to Florida, Leona was employed by Hess and Hess Drugs in Elyria for over 25 years. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her 16 years of volunteer service for Fawcett Memorial Hospital, where she donated almost 5,000 hours. She had also been a volunteer for the former St. Joseph Hospital for 15 years. She was a member of H2U (Senior Friends) at Fawcett, where she was able to participate in many travel, luncheon and other events. On Tuesday mornings, you could find her with other H2U craftersm making items for the patients at Fawcett. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Dennis) Walker; grandchildren, Scott (fiancee Ellen Dvorak) Walker, Tracy Morris, Kelli (Steve) Worobel; great grandchildren, Makenzie and Matt Morris and Stephen Worobel; her brother, Ralph (Irene) Laukitis of DuBois; son-in-law, John Filimon of Port Charlotte; brother-in-law, Joseph (Mae) Lesky of DuBois; sisters-in-law, Mary Ivoska of DuBois, Helen (Chuck) Betts of Harborcreek, Pennsylvania; Stella (Jack) Freemer of Brockway, Dorothy Laukitis, Adeline Lesky of Jacksonville, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her parents; husband, Bernard “Babe” in 1981; daughter, Kathy Filimon in 2006; brother, Bernie Laukitis; sisters, Ann (Jack) Lommock and Gertrude (John) Amilkavich; younger siblings; Charles, Octavia and Paul; brothers-in-law, Victor (Stella), Lesky, Edward Lesky, Frank Ivoska; and sister-in-law, Jenny (Tom) Kosko.
A memorial mass will be celebrated next week at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elyria, at a later date.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.