Walter Joseph Siekierka, a lifelong resident of South Scranton, died Monday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. His wife of 66 years is Ruth Strein Siekierka.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Peter and Stella Siekierka, he was educated in local schools and was a 1938 graduate of Technical High School. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and served in the Eighth Air Force 348th Bomb Group, B-17 in Europe as a sergeant. He was a member of VFW Post 3451 and American Legion Post 948.
He was very active member of Trinity United Church of Christ, where he served on various committees including church council (50 years), financial secretary, Sunday School chairman and Young Adult Society. For many years, he was sexton at the church and parish house.
He served as Scoutmaster and Cubmaster of Troop 5 and Pack 5 and was instrumental in organizing the Cubpack. Both sons, William and Ronald, are Eagle scouts.
He was a pitcher for Trinity church softball team in the YMCA church league and had won championships with two undefeated seasons.
He served as chairman for the Republican 19th Ward, was a member of the Senior Club at St. Mary's and treasurer of the South Side Senior Center. He was bus trip chairman for the Trinity bus trips for more than 15 years.
He was a good friend to all the birds in South Side.
He retired from McDonald & Co. Insurance Claim Adjusters after 35 years and was previously employed as manager of two Acme Supermarkets.
Surviving are two sons, William and wife, Gladys, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and Ronald, Lake Sheridan; a sister, Alyce Robertell, Deltona, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Billie Strein, Albuquerque, N.M.; two grandchildren, Greta Clark and Timothy Siekierka; and four great-grandchildren.
Per Walter's wishes, there will be no public calling hours.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at noon in Trinity United Church of Christ, Beech Street and Prospect Avenue, with the Rev. Harrison Putnam, pastor, officiating. Entombment will be private at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ General Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sznyter Funeral Home, 1101 Prospect Ave., Scranton.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 8, 2013