Walter S. Cohowitz

Walter S. Cohowitz, 79, of Duryea passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Wesley Village Skilled Nursing Home of United Methodist Homes, Pittston.

Born in Old Forge, he was the son of the late William and Mary Przwara Cohowicz. He attended Old Forge schools.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the area garment industry.

He was a member of St. Michael's Church, Old Forge, for his entire life prior to its closing.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He enjoyed hunting, going to the movies, the casino, going out to eat and spending time with his family.

He was past president of the Robert Healey Playground, Duryea, and a member of the Duryea Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, William, Stanley, Bruno, Joseph, Michael, John and Edward, and sisters, Mary Stancavage, Josephine Baclaski, Helen Bailer, Anna Mae Bowen and Patricia Evancavich.

He and his wife, the former Claire Keiper, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2013.

Also surviving are his daughter, Cheryl Bravyak, Voorhees, N.J., and her fiance, Bill Lohdamm; grandson, James Walter Bravyak and his wife, Laura, Marlton, N.J.; granddaughter, Jessica Bravyak, Philadelphia; great-grandsons, James Hunter and Grant Thomas Bravyak; sister, Cecelia Rosato, Scranton; nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Dr. Guy Fasciana, the staff at Wesley Village and Compassionate Care Hospice for the kindness that was shown to Walter and his family.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Duryea, with the Rev. Andrew Sinnott officiating.

Interment will be in Marcy Cemetery, Duryea.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

To leave the family an online condolence, or for further information, please visit the funeral home website,

Funeral Home

Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc.
204 Main Street Duryea, PA 18642
(570) 457-4301

Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 8, 2014