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85, of Alpharetta, GA, and formerly of Fox Chapel, PA, passed away quietly on March 22, surrounded by family. He was born August 2, 1927, to Walter Joseph, Sr. and Madeleine (Scorza) Johnston in Pittsburgh. After graduating from Taylor Alderdice High School he enlisted in the United Stated Army in 1945. After his discharge, he decided on a suggestion from a friend to apply to the University of Pittsburgh, from where he graduated in 1950. It was at Pitt that he met Marcelline Tulisiak, whom he married on July 1, 1950. Walt was employed by Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 35 years, 18 of which were as the Manager of the South Hills Village store. At one point in his career, Walt was the youngest "A" store manager in the country. Walt was an avid golfer for most of his life. Although he never had a hole-in-one, he did have consecutive eagles during one round. In his later years, Walt was a voracious reader and ardent follower of the political scene. Walt retired to Hilton Head Island, SC, in 1985 and subsequently moved to Weeki-Wachee, FL, and Alpharetta, GA. Walt was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Marcie, in 2007. He is survived by his five children: Robert (Nancy) Johnston of Atlanta, GA, Charles (Jan) Johnston of Williamsburg, VA, Barbara (John) Shaughnessy of New York City, Caroline (Robert) Hybl of Fredericksburg, VA, and Frederic (Christine) Johnston of O'Hara Township, PA. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Walt was tremendously proud of his family and would brag about them constantly to anyone who would listen. Visitation will be Monday, April 1, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., in Oakmont, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday morning, 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 342 Dorseyville Road, in O'Hara Township. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make a contribution to a .
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2013
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