Walter A. Oberti, 93, of Crystal River, Fla., passed away Jan. 25, 2014. Born in Wanaque, N.J., he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as master sergeant – crew chief and flight engineer (1942-1945). After his service, Walter became a pioneer in the rocket industry, working with Thiokol Chemical Corp., and was chief of test operations with Reaction Motors. He also served 35 years with the Pompton Lakes, N.J., Fire Department and First Aid Squad, as well as nine years on the Pompton Lakes Board of Education. Mr. Oberti was a life member of Rotary International and his hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing and being a huge Tampa Bay Rays fan.
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He was preceded in passing by his wife of 67 years, Elsie (Moscone) Oberti. Survivors include his daughter, Patricia (Oberti) Manfredo of Land O' Lakes; son, Wayne Oberti, M.D., and wife Linda of Jacksonville; two granddaughters, Christin Manfredo of Land O' Lakes and Corinne Hamel and husband Max of St. Augustine; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Evan Hamel of St. Augustine.
A private committal was at Fero Memorial Gardens, where military honors were conducted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653 or Pompton Lakes/Riverdale First Aid Squad, 700 Ramapo Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. www.ferofuneralhome.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 3, 2014