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TARASKA, Walter F., Sr. Walter Felix Taraska, Sr., 75, died on Thursday (September 22, 2005) in Windsor, after a long illness. He was born March 8, 1929 in Westfield, MA., and was the son of Josef and Kataryna (Penas) Taraska. Mr. Taraska graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, MA; Military Police School in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and from Yale University Grace New Haven Hospital School of Roentgenology. He served in the Air Force during World War II and in the Korean Conflict as a member of the 20th Air Force. Mr. Taraska was the Supervisor of the Medical Radiology Department at the VA Hospital in Newington for 18 years. Upon his retirement from the VA, he was employed at the State of Connecticut Veterans Hospital and Home in Rocky Hill. He continued his work there until his illness. Mr. Taraska had an extensive interest in American History and loved outdoor sports, especially fishing. He also was active in coaching baseball and basketball and participated in many fundraising activities for the schools his children attended. He was a member of the DAV and the VFW. Formerly a resident of New Britain for 45 years, Mr. Taraska moved to Vermont in 1997. He was married to Sheila (Jenuska) Taraska for over 30 years. In addition to Sheila, survivors include a son, Walter, Jr.; a daughter, Julienne; and two granddaughters, Helena and Margareta; and a dear friend and caretaker, Kathleen Peterson; as well as many other relatives and friends. A calling hour will be held Monday from 10 - 11 a.m. at Knight Funeral Home in Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date at Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Hill Health Care Center, 49 Cedar Hill Drive, Windsor, VT 05089, or to a local DAV chapter.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 24, 2005
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