Leonard Kridlo
March 21, 2018


Mr. Leonard Kridlo, of Pittston, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at The Gardens at East Mountain, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Pittston, Leonard was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Kosik Kridlo. He was a graduate of Pittston High School and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Since 1960, he was a member of the Eagle Hose Company # 1 Pittston and was a retired career fire fighter for Pittston City. In addition to working for Pittston City, Leonard was employed by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc. for many years.

Leonard was a member of the former St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston prior to its closing where he proudly served as an usher. After the closing of St. John the Baptist Church, Leonard became a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Leonard was a member of the Upper Pittston Sportsmen's Club and a 3rd Degree Knight of The knights of Columbus Council 372, Pittston. He enjoyed watching baseball and football on tv and working on crossword puzzles.  He wan avid fisherman and hunter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph Kredlow, Michael, John, Daniel, William, Aloysius and Paul Kridlo and sisters, Elizabeth Herakovich and Germaine Brown.

Surviving are:

Nieces and nephews

Great nieces and great nephews

Funeral will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 10:00 am from the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main Street, Duryea with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William Street, Pittston with the Rev. Joseph Elston officiating. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter. A viewing will be held on Monday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the funeral home. The Greater Pitttston AMVETS will conduct military services on Monday morning. To leave an online condolence for Leonard's family, please visit the funeral home website, www.piontekfuneralhome.com.


Guestbook Entries

We were Leonard’s neighbors for 10 years before our recent move in December. Leonard would always walk up to the fence to talk to us, pet our dogs and watch our little girl play in the yard. He would bring her a popsicle from time to time and give her high fives. She even taught him how to fist bump, lol. We loved him dearly and he was a good man. I will always cherish the stories he told me about his life and the way the neighborhood used to be.

Tara Durkin (over 2 years ago)

Living far far away - visiting for us was always a vacation. Leonard was always the center post for me, we would go to grandmas house but Uncle Leonard ran the show. he was always there. I loved him. In recent years my brothers and I kept talking about going back to visit. I am so sorry we did not. Love to all Kridlos wherever they may roam.

Liz Pickering (over 2 years ago)

Way back when, Leonard would come to our home to fix our TV. I was always amazed how quickly he knew which of those glowing tubes inside that box needed to be replaced. He was a good guy. He will be missed.

Susan Chismar (over 2 years ago)

I guess that’s the end of a generation with the death of Leonard. One of the last times I had a long conversation with Leonard was with my mother more than 10 years ago. At that time he wasn't in the best of health. We talked for a couple of hours and then we headed back to the Poconos. It was the last time my mother saw Leonard, I believe. I saw Leonard again, for a brief time at my mother’s funeral. At that time he seemed to be doing much better but it wasn’t the best time for conversation. I believe Leonard was the one uncle I most identified with, I guess being the youngest brother, maybe that’s why. When I was working at Penn State (so many years ago) I would sometimes stop off in Pittston and stay with Leonard. Conversations at breakfast, with beers in the evening, memorable times. Over the years, I have drifted away from my roots, but I will never forget the many wonderful experiences not only with Leonard but all the Kridlo brothers and family. With Leonard I have many really simple memories; one, when I was a very young boy he gave me some money to go buy him some cigarettes, can I do that, just tell them it’s for me; two, drinking beers at at a local picnic, I asked how do you guys drink so much beer, he said just pour it from one glass to another, I’m not sure if that even works, and lastly, although there is so many more, he was asking me what I did at Penn State, WPSX-TV and I told him for one I did a lot of on air slide promos which I had with me, one was that of Leopold Stokowski but with no mention of his name on the slide, he said ah, Leopold Stokowski, I said how do you know that and he replied I know a lot of things. Out shadowed by the antics of all his brothers he too had a good sense of humor. One last added note. As you all know or maybe not that my father is actually a half-brother, and his mother died when he was born. Also, there was another half-brother or half-uncle. He was the older brother of my father Joseph Kredlow, who ran away at a young age, changed his name and wasn’t discovered until my father went looking for him many years later, unfortunately to only find that he had died a year earlier. The name he took was George Rittenhouse and he lived in Michigan. Just a little bit of history. RIP Leonard, I will never forget the memories we shared and I also share them with others at times.

Joseph Kredlow Jr. (although I never use Jr., maybe Joey) (over 2 years ago)

We lived next door to Uncle Leonard for 13 yrs. we love the Kridlos, my girls adored you and loved when you gave them Popsicles! We were family rest in peace love you !

Joyce Pisano (over 2 years ago)

Uncle Leonard, you will surely be missed . Remembering good times way back when at the family clam bakes, hot dogs with your homemade chili sauce, steamed corn and of course the bean bags tournaments. . Rest in Peace. Gone but never will be forgotten.

Renee Marsola (over 2 years ago)

My husband John Boyle was agood friend of Leonard. He was best man at our wedding . we always visited him when we got to PA. rip my friend.

charlotte boyle (over 2 years ago)

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