HATFIELD - Walter C."Dewey" Popko, 87, of 3 King Street, Hatfield, passed away Friday morning at Baystate Medical Center.
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Walter was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Hatfield, the son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Paszek) Popko.
He was a lifelong Hatfield native and attended Hatfield Schools.
He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After the war, Walter returned home and worked for several area construction companies. He also farmed throughout his life, having learned the craft from his parents. One of his passions was raising tomatoes.
He was a founding member of the Northampton Farmers Market and known throughout the valley for his produce. He was featured in several articles and on Northampton community television.
Walter loved playing pinochle and was a regular on Saturday night's card games at the Polish Club where he was a longtime member in Hatfield. He was a great fan and avid supporter of Smith Academy basketball and hardly missed a game. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church in Hatfield.
Walter married his wife, Arlene Krejmas in 1950 and their entire life was spent in Hatfield.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arlene (Krejmas) Popko; his son Walter J. Popko and his wife Denise of Ashburnham; his beloved grandson, Alexei J. Popko; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother Albin and a sister Albina Sielski.
Funeral services with calling hours will be Monday morning from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton with a calling hour from 8:30 to 9:30 followed by a Liturgy of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at our Lady of Grace Church.
Burial with military honors will follow in Main Street cemetery, Hatfield.
Donations in Walter's memory may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church, School St., Hatfield, MA 01038.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 15, 2012