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Waldemar "Wally" Birk


1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Waldemar "Wally" Birk Obituary
Waldemar (Wally) John Birk

1925 - 2016 BENNINGTON Waldemar (Wally) John Birk, son of the late John Waldemar Birk and Marie Messner Birk, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years old on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Wally was born on August 16, 1925 in Trossingen, Germany and came to the United States as a young child and was raised in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ with his older sister, Hildegarde. In his early years, Wally actively participated in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout which showcased his many talents such as translating Morse code. Wally was a decorated World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army with five (5) battle stars. Wally was drafted in December 1943 and deployed in the Pacific Theatre in early 1944. He was enlisted in the Army's Company C, 108th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division and served in Operation New Britain in Papua, New Guinea and the Liberation of the Philippines Islands. As in Wally's own words, "My father saw me on the day I shipped out to the Pacific and he told me Wally this country has been very good to our family. You should be a good soldier for it." He was very proud to have served in the U.S. military. After his military service with an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Wally attended Syracuse University and received an undergraduate business degree from Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Wally was a member of the Syracuse Swim and Track and Field Teams. He then earned a Masters of Business Administration from New York University and applied his business knowledge by serving as an adjunct business professor at Bentley University, Rutgers University and Russell Sage College. Wally's professional life from the mid 1960's to his retirement was as an International Marketing Manager at Sprague Electric in North Adams, MA. His career choice afforded him the opportunity to travel the continents of the world and he developed fluency in several languages beyond speaking German. Wally was married for 61 years to the late Lorraine Gentile Birk and they moved to Bennington in 1966 to raise their three (3) children: Carla Jean Birk Cadiz, presently of Norwood, MA, John W. Birk, presently of West Hartford, CT and Lorelei Birk, presently of Great Neck, NY. Wally leaves behind a son-in-law, David Cadiz of Norwood, MA, a daughter-in-law JoAnn Birk of West Hartford, CT and (4) four grandchildren: Nathaniel Cadiz, Britney Cadiz, John Birk Jr. and Mia Birk as well as nephews, nieces and cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral arrangements for Mr. Birk are being arranged by E.P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home with a wake calling hour from 11a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Funeral Home. The wake will be followed by a Lutheran service at the Funeral Home. Burial internment will take place at Park Lawn cemetery in the spring of 2016. Donations in Wally's memory can be made to the through E.P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at : www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 26, 2016
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