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Walter Thomas Walonoski Sr.

1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Walonoski, Walter Thomas Sr.
Walt, age 83, teacher, artist, musician and veteran, passed away October 20, 2016 in Mesa AZ surrounded by loving family members. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Evelyn, 7 children, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 3 sisters, 4 nephews, and 1 niece. He was born in Plantsville, CT, graduated from Southington High School (SHS) and subsequently received his 4 year teaching degree from Connecticut State Teachers College. After teaching for 1 year in the New Haven, CT school system he was drafted into the US Navy and served 2 years onboard the USS New Jersey as a member of the Admiral's Band. Walt taught for 33 years at Southington High School, first as an Industrial Arts teacher, then as head of the Industrial Arts Department and finally as a Guidance Counselor retiring in 1991 following major heart surgery. During this span of time he continued to perform his magic on the saxophone, flute and clarinet in various dance bands and finished his 6th year Master's Degree in Education at UConn. He excelled at woodworking and furniture making and he designed/fabricated many trophies and awards plaques for SHS. Walt became known locally for his oil paintings, helped organize and oversaw the Niantic Arts and Crafts show for many years, was an active member of Niantic Lions club and developed a love for the game of golf. He was a true Renaissance man. After retirement Walt and Evelyn relocated to Mesa, AZ where Walt joined the Leisure World Big Band, the Leisure Notes Band, sang in the mixed chorus, played golf in the men's golf league and the Donuts golf league and won several prizes in local art shows. Walt and Evelyn continued to travel extensively throughout the world often times with many close friends sharing the experience and yet he still found time to serve his community via the local chapter of the Lions club. He was a loving husband and father who shared his love of music and art with his grandchildren. He was a good friend full of good cheer and he was well liked and respected in his community. He believed in God and Country. He lived a full life and never wasted a moment of it. He fought hard for every last day that God granted him. He is much loved and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Mariposa Gardens 6747 E. Broadway Road in Mesa, AZ on Monday November 14, 2016 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Leisure World Lions Club, P.O Box 6905 Mesa, AZ 85216.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 30, 2016
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