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HOPEWELL JUNCTION - Walter Wencak, 84, an area resident since 1972 and formerly of the Bronx, died on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
Born in Poland on August 5, 1929, he was the son of the late John and Rose (Davidav) Wencak. Walter was a Holocaust survivor and was detained for several years at a concentration camp in Poland. In pursuit of a better life for her family, Walter's mother then left Poland and emigrated to the United States. When he came to the United States, Walter became a semi pro soccer player in New York City.
On February 27, 1953 in New York City, Walter married Margaret Bastone who survives at home. He was employed as a mechanic for U-Vend in Mount Vernon for 27 years until his retirement in 1994. During his retirement, he worked part time at Poughkeepsie Chevrolet.
An avid NY Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers fan, he also enjoyed gardening. Most of all, Walter loved his family and was a proud fan at his grandchildren's many sporting events.
In addition to his loving wife of over 60 years, Walter is survived by his daughter, Rose Ann Bove of Wappingers Falls; his son, Walter Wencak and his wife Lynn of Cortlandt Manor; his grandchildren, Matthew Bove and his wife Laura, Christopher Bove and his wife Barbara, Jonathan Bove and Banata Ortiz, Mara Bove, and Jason Wencak; his great-grandchildren, Emma Bove and Andrew Bove; his nieces, Theresa Healy, Cathy Wencak, Ann Ingle, and Debbie Maikowski; his nephew, David Sullivan; and many friends. He was also predeceased by his grandson, Brian Wencak in 2003.
Calling hours will be held on Friday from 1-3 and 6-8pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by interment at St. Denis Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the
. For driving directions, online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Walter's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Nov. 7, 2013