Walter Chapla, 92, a longtime resident of Old Forge, died Tuesday evening at St. Luke's Hospital-Anderson Campus, Easton. His wife of 47 years was the former Shirley Weikel, who died July 25, 2013. His first wife was the former Sophia Abrams, who died Jan. 17, 1964.
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Born in Taylor, son of the late Peter and Mary Polaschak Chapla, he graduated from Taylor High School and worked as a machinist with the Trane Co., before his retirement in 1991. An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars, and the Victory Medal. He was a member of the United Association of Journeyman & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local 900.
Surviving are his children, Carol Bernardini and husband, Sam, Scranton; Walter C. Chapla and wife, Loretta, West Chester; Shareen Bachman and husband, Charles, Bethlehem; Willie Lambert and wife, Ellen, Spring Brook Twp.; and Vivian Lambert, Mechanicsburg; brothers, Peter Chapla, Old Forge; and Joseph Novotka, Taylor; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Savitski, Anna Voytko and Rose Glomboski.
Services and interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore, are entrusted to the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., Old Forge, and will be celebrated by the Rev. Dr. Michael Shambora.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Visit www.kearneyfu neralhome.com to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street
Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 15, 2014