Walter S. Maciorkoski, a longtime resident of Tunkhannock and Montrose, died May 9, 2011, in Hyannis, Mass., surrounded by loving friends and family, including his wife, Sunya, to whom he had been married for 59 years.
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He was born in Jermyn, on Sept. 28, 1922.
Walter was a combat veteran of World War II. He served in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge, with the Army's 84th Reconnaissance Battalion, which helped to capture 20,000 German prisoners during its drive through Europe.
It was while on a stop in England, on his way to Germany, that he met his future bride.
After returning from the war, Walter graduated from Villanova University with a degree in economics. He also attended Derby Technical College in England and Scranton University. He retired in 1986 after 34 years as a corporate accountant for the Bendix Corporation and later Allied Signal in South Montrose.
Active in local politics, Walter served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Wyoming County. He was a contributor to the Tunkhannock New Age. He also was active with Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Church of Tunkhannock, serving as president of its Holy Name Society.
Besides his widow, Walter is survived by two daughters and two sons: Diana Casteel of Williamsville, N.Y., Vivian Kerner of Syracuse, N.Y., Vincent of Lake Carey; and Matthew of Duncannon. Eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and sisters Joan Ostrowski of Millersville, PA and Viola Kulish of Alexandria, VA also survive.
After moving to Massachusetts in 1994 from the family home on Second Street, Walter remained loyal to his beloved Chicago White Sox and Villanova basketball.
A funeral mass was held May 13 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Mass. Interment with military honors was held the same day at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.
Memorials in Walter's name may be made to the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, Mass., or to the SPCA.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from May 18 to May 24, 2011