COAL TOWNSHIP — Walter "Wally" F. Sirek, 71, of Coal Township, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after being suddenly stricken ill.
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Born in Shamokin, July 24, 1942, he was a son of the late Francis J. "Frank" (Sirek) Sherrick and Catherine C. (Gusick) Sherrick.
Walter attended St. Stanislaus Church and was a 1960 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School. He received an associate degree in applied science and business management technology from Luzerne County Community College in August 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomsburg University in December 2012.
Walter worked as a laborer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an airman basic and was honorably discharged in 1961.
He was an active member of Mother Cabrini Church, where he served as an usher for the 4 p.m. Mass and also filled in as an altar server when needed. He enjoyed playing bingo Monday nights at Mother Cabrini, where he often treated many people with the coffee he would bring along with him. He also enjoyed getting together with the guys of the St. Francis Tuesday Night Pinochle Club and playing cards, going to casinos and playing scratch-off lottery tickets.
Walter enjoyed being with people, especially walking downtown and talking and attending Saturday morning markets. He was very active in local organizations, including the Lithuanian Club, St. Francis Home Association, Knights of Columbus Third degree, Six County Firemen's Association and, mostly, the East End Fire Company where he served as secretary. He was recently honored by the fire company with the presentation of a plaque citing his service for 50 years.
Walter enjoyed the company of his pet cockatiel bird, George.
Surviving are a sister and brother in-law, Jeanette and Richard Miller, of Mattawana; a niece, Audrey Shawver, of McVeyton; a nephew, Jeffrey Miller, of Lewistown; a cousin, Daniel J. Wagner and his wife, Tosh, of Silvania, Ohio, who was raised with the rest of the family, and his very close friends.
SIREK — Walter "Wally" F. Sirek, 71, of Coal Township. There will be no viewing. Friends may call and meet with the family at Mother Cabrini Church, 214 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, followed by an inurnment in the family lot in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., 120 S. Market St., Shamokin, has charge of arrangements.
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Published in The News Item from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2014