William "Wally" Rolniak Jr.
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Rolniak Jr., William "Wally" age 39, formerly of Lansing and Dolton. Detective with the Riverdale Police Department, beloved husband of Maureen (nee Reilly), loving father of Nicole and Denise, dearest son of William Sr. and Karen Rolniak, fond brother of Debbie (Vince) Rizzi, Michelle (Jim) Schaller, Stacey (Dan) Koontz, uncle of many nieces and nephews, brother-in-law of Dennis (Kathy) Reilly, son-in-law of Ken and Carol Reilly, best friend to many. Visitation Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m. and Monday, 2 to 8 p.m., at Drumm Funeral Home, 1200 E. 162nd St. (1 blk. W. of the Calumet X-Way on U.S. Hwy 6/159th St.), South Holland. Funeral Tuesday, where all will meet at Our Lady of Knock Church, 501 163rd St., Calumet City for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Beverly Cemetery. Member of F.O.P. and Veteran of United States Air Force, St. Jude Service Monday, 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the William Rolniak Memorial Fund at Heritage Community Bank, 13700 Indiana Ave., Riverdale, IL 60827. For information visit www.mem.com or call : 708-333-0011

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2004.
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February 21, 2004
We shared a lot of fun times in highschool, and with the extended family. Wally will be missed, my prayes go out to the family.
Jackie Davis
February 14, 2004
Our deepest Sympathy to the Rolniak Family.
We did not know Wally personally, but offer our prayers to all of you, as "extended family". Our nephew is married to Wally's cousin Kim. God Bless.
Marylynn & George Spearson
February 14, 2004
Wally:
You will be sorely missed. We shared so many memories together. From T.T.H.S. with the purple platoon, to the University of Michigan wrestling camps we attended. To the numerous parties we celebrated with all of our friends. We all lost a piece of ourselves with your passing. It is a distinct pleasure to be named as one of your friends. I'll miss you. Mark, Sam, Vinnie, Roland, Dennis and myself will watch over your family. We love you and miss you
David Alvarado
February 12, 2004
Many of us from the Riverdale-Dolton forum knew Wally and extend our deepest sympathy. In his honor we've dedicated our forum to his name.
Carl Durnavich
February 12, 2004
My prayers for Maureen and the girls and the entire Rolniak family.
I remember Wally and his group of friends from Thornton. You guys and girls were such a close knit and fun group. God Bless all of you! Sincerely,
Nora (Jacobs) O'Keefe
Nora O'Keefe
February 11, 2004
My deepest sympathy to you Maureen, Nicole and Denise. Wally was a hero to all that knew him. He will always be with you in your hearts and your memories. He is your guardian angel watching over you. It is amazing, all the people whose lives he touched and made better with his caring, and concern for the job he did and loved so much. He will be missed by all. God bless you and take care of each other.
Marianne Peloza (Sink)
February 11, 2004
We're so shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Maureen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.
Jeff Thompson
February 11, 2004
We are so very sorry for your loss.
Mark & Janie Carman
February 11, 2004
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Rolniak families. I did not know "Wally" personally, but I knew his mom, Karen really well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your husband, and especially his wife and two children.There are no words that can heal the pain that you are feeling at this time, but I just wanted to share this verse with ALL of you. "WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE BECOMES A MEMORY, THAT MEMORY BECOMES A TREASURE" God bless all of you!
Don & Gayle Pozzi
February 10, 2004
Im so very sorry. My best wishes to Maureen and his duaghters.
Bill Milligan
February 10, 2004
Maureen, Nicole and Denise; My deepest sympathy to all of you. Wally was a wonderful man. All of you were Great neighbors when Gus and I and our girls lived across the street from you in Lansing. I will keep you all in my prayers everyday. And if you should see this please feel free to call me anytime:773-445-6621. Keep you heads high and remember Wally will always be with all of you whenever you need him. God Bless all of you and especially Wally!
Your Friend and Neighbor;
Debbie Chalmers
February 10, 2004
To the Rolniak Family:

Although we do not know you personally, Wally was an aquaintance of my mother and father through family. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during your time of sorrow. May God Bless each one of you and help you through.
Griegel Family
February 10, 2004
My prayers and thoughts are with all who loved and knew Wally. I worked with him at Washington School a few years ago, and he was a true role model to all of the children who knew him. I am truly sorry for your loss. God Bless and watch over you.
Traci Sikora-Griffiths
February 10, 2004
Mo,Dennis(Kathy)& to the entire Riverdale Police Dept. I extend my deepest sympathy to you for your loss. Wally will be truly missed but will live on in our hearts and memories. Mo, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Love, Michele
Michele Struck (ex-Sinde)
February 9, 2004
So very sorry.
Sharon Albrecht
February 9, 2004
As a former classmate at T.T.H.S. in 1982...What a great loss...God Bless Wally, his family, friends and co-workers at the Riverdale P.D.
Rich Brown
February 9, 2004
To the Rolniak Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Although we don't know your family on a personal basis, we know you from USA Fast Pitch. We know how devoted he was to the girls. Peace be with all of you at this difficult time in your life!
Anna Troli
February 9, 2004
There are no words to describe how we feel about the loss of such a great man, but I have always been a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. And even though Wally's passing was senseless and tragic, I do believe he was called to perform something much greater. My deepest smypathy to his wife Maureen and family (you know Maria and I are here if you ever need anything). Our thoughts and prayer's are with you now and always, God Bless
Daniel & Maria Devisme
Daniel Devisme
February 9, 2004
I first met Wally at Lincoln School. I will always remember Wally as a genuine, nice guy. It is rare in this world to know someone who had such an impact on so many lives. I pray that God will strengthen Maureen, the girls, the Rolniak and Reilly families and numerous friends in this time of sorrow. Wally will live on in many wonderful memories.
Stephanie (Tolnai) Richards
February 9, 2004
so very sorry for your loss. wally jr. was a great person, who always would help anyone out. we all had a great time working together, i will never forget that. god bless wally jr.
jim + leslie crowley
February 8, 2004
You have my deepest sympathy. Wally was a great man and will never be forgotten. A true Hero !
Jim McGeever
February 8, 2004
We can't be more horrified by what happened to Wally..Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He will be missed terribly.
Carole/Ken Genovese
February 8, 2004
My thoughts and prayers are with you all May God bless you and keep you.
kelly Downes-Sowinski Patton Class of 1977
February 8, 2004
My sympathy goes out to all those that are in his immediate family and his extended family. I met "Wally" a couple of times and he was a very caring police officer. This is a great loss to the police profession.
Sally Sisk
February 8, 2004
We of the Gary Police Dept.,Auxiliary Div. share in the grief and pain that the Rolniak family is suffering. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Rolniak family.
Rickie Wilson ( Capt. Aux. Div. Gary Police Dept. )
February 8, 2004
Detective William "Wally" Rolniak Jr. is a hero. His senseless death is a tragedy to say the very least.

To his family, his wife and daughters, his Mom and Dad, his sisters and his in-laws: You have been in "The Police Family" since the day Wally pinned the badge on his chest, you will remain our family forever. Wally will be there for you, watching over you each day, just pray to him, not for him. We too will be there for you, only a phone call away. No matter where you are in this Nation, anyone who continues to stand on the blue line will help . . . please just ask. There are many more tributes and condolences on the Officer Down Memorial Pages (OPMP.) Many police officers leave their reflection there. Visit it sometime.

Wally, we'll take care of your family as best we can. We'll finish the watch from here and stand guard on the line; rest in peace brother.
Sergeant John Doherty (Chicago Police)
February 8, 2004
Of all the detectives I've worked with over the last 7 years, none could have cared more about the crime victims we serve than Wally. I am so sorry that he is gone. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Brad Stolbach (La Rabida Children's Advocacy Center)
February 7, 2004
WE DIDN'T KNOW OFFICER ROLNIAK PERSONALLY, BUT WE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY. BY BEING A POLICE OFFICER, HE MADE THIS WORLD A SAFER PLACE. WE SHARE YOUR SORROW AND GRIEF. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.
JIM AND LORI CIUKAJ
February 7, 2004
I am sorry for your loss. I did not know Wally but I respect police for the job they do and I am sorry this happened to your family. My prayers are with you.
Diane
February 7, 2004
our thoughts and prayers are with you.mark & tina.joan&john.cheryl&john,bobby.
mark & tina sigerich
February 7, 2004
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Wally. He was kind, loving, and had a large heart for people. He made this world a better place. He will be missed greatly. I was blessed to be a classmate of Wally's at Thornton HS. He will forever be in the hearts of those who's lives he touched. My prayers are with Wally's family and friends.
Sue Dudzik
February 7, 2004
The O'Neil family wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the Rolniak family in the loss of your love one. Wally will truly be missed by our family especially my sister Lisa O'Neil who he worked with for 6 1/2yrs and affectionately nicknamed Weezy. God Bless.
Kimberly O'Neil
February 7, 2004
our thoughts and prayers are with you.
tina & mark sigerich
February 7, 2004
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we remember a wonderful man. Drea
Drea Kalley
February 7, 2004
Wally will always be remembered as one of my closest friends. We shared several years together and many good times. The last day I have sat and remembered those times, which are some of the best times of my early life. I deeply regret that I let such a wonderful person slip from my life. God bless you Wally and your family. May God bless and keep all of you forever.
Brian Ayers
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