Leonard James Baklarz

Age 96, of Penn Hills, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. Husband of the late Anne Marie Baklarz; father of Donalee (Tom) Benish, Leonard J. (Elizabeth) Baklarz, Jr., and Lisa-Jo (Ronald) Rygelski, and the late Karianne Baklarz Gleason. Len is survived by brothers Ralph Baklarz and Clarence Baklarz, grandchildren Natalie Jackson, Christopher Trunick, Leonard J. Baklarz, III, Melissa Bruning, Lauren Tomasino, Michael Baklarz, Matthew Rygelski, II and nine great -grandchildren. Len is a World War II Navy veteran having served in Pacific theatre from 1944-1946. He earned a BA from Duquesne University and worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1985.  Len loved his family, ballroom dancing and the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a dedicated volunteer for the Compassionate Friends, Pittsburgh Chapter. In lieu of flowers contributions acknowledged to New Haven Court at Linwood, Attention: Lori Grant, 100 Freedom Way, Greensburg, Pa. 15601. Friends received at William F. Gross Funeral Home, LTD., 11735 Frankstown Rd, (at Rodi Road) Penn Hills, Tuesday only, May 17th, 3-7 p.m. Funeral Prayers will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the Divine Shepherd parish, St. Susanna Catholic Church, 10 a.m.