Schlenker, Walter L.
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Walter L. Schlenker age 92, the widower of Mary Lou Schlenker, of Wallingford and formerly of Westport, died peacefully in Wallingford on November 1, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cleveland, OH he was a Schenectady, NY resident for 20 years prior to moving to Westport, CT where he resided for 36 years.
Walter was a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned his BSC Degree. He was a veteran of WW II having served in the US Merchant Marines for 10 years as a Chief Engineer where he earned the rank of Lt. Commander. Prior to his retirement he was in the Corporate Finance Operations with the General Electric Corporation for 36 years.
Walter was the Director of the Westport area National Bureau of Census, a member of Westport RTM for six years where he was Chairman of the Public Works Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. He was the moderator, trustee, Chairman of Worship, former deacon, Stephen minister, choir and church representative to the Westport/Weston interfaith council at the Greens Farms Congregational Church, a member of the YMCA of Westport where he was a member of the singing group called "The Hoot Owls", past Master of St. George Lodge #6 in Schenectady, NY and past member of the Temple Lodge in Westport (Masonic Order), past senior representative for the GE Elefun Managerial Society at Housatonic College of Bridgeport, including curriculum Development and review, past president of Westport/Weston United Way and member of Board of Directors, past vice-president of communications and director of United Fund Campaign, past member of the Computer and Technology Committee of Eastern Fairfield County United Way, past RTM elected member of Board of Director's for Westport Arts Center and past vice-president of finance for the center, past Assistant State Director of the AARP and State coordinator of AARP work force programs, past president of the Greenfield Hill Chapter of AARP and a member of the Westport Chapter of AARP, Greenfield Hill Chapter Board and legislative chairman, chairman of the Senior Center Policy and Planning Board (2003 and 2004), member of the Advisory Council of Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, past chairman of the town of Westport's Flood and Erosion Board and a member of the Shellfish Commission, past Commissioner and Secretary of the CT Commission on aging as appointed by the Governor and Representative to the Governor's Bridgeport office of the State of CT, past member of the Town of Westport public site and building commission, Board of Director of the Nature Center for Environmental Activities (now re-named "Earthplace") and a member of Zion's United Church of Christ, Taborton, NY where he sang in the choir. Walter spent his last three years at Ashlar Village in Wallingford where he was very involved in all facets of life there.
Walter is survived by one daughter, Pamela Van Hoesen and her husband, Mark; four grandchildren, Kristen, Kellan, Kendyl and Kreg Van Hoesen, one great grandson, Landon, and his companion, Winifred Keane.
Memorial services will be held at Ashlar Village on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm and at the Zion's United Church of Christ in Taborton, NY on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:00 am. Donations may be made in his honor to Zion's United Church of Christ, 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY 12153. Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center is in charge of the arrangements. To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com
Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Fairfield
50 Reef Road
Fairfield, CT 06430
Published in Westport News from Nov. 3 to Nov. 8, 2013