Leonard Arthur Pokorski
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Leonard Arthur Pokorski
  • January 10, 1929 - September 26, 2014
  • Upland, California

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Leonard A. Pokorski, 85, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on September 26, 2014, in Upland, California. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on January 10, 1929, to John and Magdalene (Ert) Pokorksi and was the youngest of their four children. Lenny was preceded in death by his brothers Henry and Steve, and sister Laura.
He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he met and married the love of his life, Roberta Krasinski. A few years later, they moved to their own home in Twinsburg, Ohio, where they raised their four children. They then moved to California in the late 1960s, and lived in Covina for many years before moving to Upland, California where they helped raise their grandchildren.
Lenny spent his working career in the automotive industry. He started out "on the line," and eventually owned his own body and paint shop in Twinsburg, Ohio. After moving to Covina, California, he managed Bryant Pontiac's Body and Paint Department for 18 years before once again owning his own auto body and paint facility in Covina, California. He sold his business and retired in 2000.
He was also involved in many community and business organizations. He was a proud member of the Elks, Masonic Lodge and Shrine; was very active in his business community with Rotary and Chamber of Commerce; was a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Credit Union and the San Gabriel Valley Red Cross; and was dedicated to the Caring Hearts Organization in Upland, California.
Lenny loved his polka music and enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, reading, camping and traveling with the Doo-Be-Doos, and being with his family and friends.
Lenny is survived by his wife Roberta, his life-long love and companion of 67 years; his son Jerry, his son Jim and daughter-in-law Sandy, his daughter Susan and son-in-law Michael, his daughter Linda, his grandchildren (Jacqueline, Jonathan, Chad and Eric), 14 great-grandchildren, and many close friends he thought of as family.
Lenny's family and friends will be having a Celebration of Life gathering at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the Cancer Society of America, or a favorite charity of those donating.