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November 23, 1917 - June 30, 2012
Walter Kowalick, a World War II Navy veteran, retired postal supervisor, and longtime resident of Canoga Park, passed away June 30 of complications related to a brief illness. He was 94. Walter was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1917, the eldest of six children of Ukrainian immigrants. He resided in Southern California since 1956 after relocating from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. During World War II he served as a mail clerk aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, which was severely damaged by a Kamikaze attack in May 1945 during the battle for Okinawa. After the war, Walter returned to Aliquippa and began working as a postal employee. He worked as a letter carrier and later supervisor in Encino before retiring in 1973. Walter is survived by Betty, his wife of more than 64 years, six adult children, Walter Frederick, Roseanna, Laurence, Alex, Patrick and Vincent, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Yannick of Aliquippa.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 5154 DeLongpre Ave., Hollywood.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 10, 2012