Walter E. Jagiello
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JAGIELLO, WALTER E. (Li'l Wally), 76, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2006. Born in Chicago, Illinois, August 1, 1930. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette (Kozak). Services will be held in Chicago, IL, Saturday, August 26th at Pietryka Funeral Home, 5734 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL (773-889-0115). To visit this Guest Book Online, go to

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Published in the Miami Herald on Aug. 19, 2006.
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June 5, 2017
Valenda Newell
December 31, 2016
Hello to Lil' Wally's family. My husband gave me a stack of Lil' Wally albums for our 27th Anniversary today. Can you imagine that?
Victoria Strickland
September 15, 2016
GOD REST LIL WALLY's SOUL. I am 56yo. & born & raised on a Small Dairy Farm near Weyerhauser,WI.. As Long as I can remember my Mother had several Lil Wally albums & would play them often & would dance to them. She told me she danced to Lil Wally at Polonia Grove near 47th. & Archer. Even today it seems the Polka Bands still Love to play his songs because they Truly are GOOD & HAPPY Music. I even LOVE to play his music & try to sing along,Especially "Chicago Is A Polka Town". I Believe He is playing & singing in Heaven(:
Rodney Checkalski
December 24, 2015
sorry for the lost, I just found out that he was related to my family the Gabrys my father played the accordion many years and talk about him
Gene Gabrys
January 16, 2014
dennis podkowka
August 31, 2011
To the family of Walter E. Jagiello, my sincerest sympathies. May you find comfort in the promise found at Revelatino 21:4.
October 26, 2010
My entire family's favorite, nice polka music, i have a few songs, yet I am saerching for the entire collection, I am sorry he is gone, all we have left his his music, and listen it it over and over, its is music you never get tired of. So sorry he is gone.
cindy Lewalski
July 11, 2010
So many wonderful memories of lil Wally on Sunday mornings. You live on in your happy snappy music. Thank you for everything and God bless.
Michael Teuschler
May 2, 2010
Back in 1961, I wanted to play the Drums, Mmm & Dad told me I had to learn how to play polka music!!!! I hated polka Music, until 1 Day I heard Lil Wally's 7 Day & 7 nights and now all I listen to is polkas! Got to meet "THE MAN" of Polkas, and gabb with him quite a few times!!!! Love Him!
Allan "Abe" C
Uniontown, pa
January 9, 2010
there will never b another lil-wally he was+always b the polka king. i had the pleasure 2 meet him and dance 2 his music more then once.also had a few drinks with him. i miss him dearly.
December 30, 2009
Listening to one of his 45s on yellow wax right now. Wally truly was the polka king!
November 10, 2009
Wally you're music is so happy so .... awesome !!!
Thanks for all your songs !
There are all great !!!
Thanks and thanks the world's polka king for ever !!!!
July 18, 2009
December 8, 2007
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dennis podkowka
November 25, 2007
dennis podkowka
October 3, 2007
Dear Lil Wally, Your music was the best, I am polish, don't understand polish, but the way you sounded, the best of all. I have your albums to listen 2 now,and with you in our hearts, u will be missed.Loved your music.
Cindy Lewalski
August 31, 2007
Uncle Wally,

I just saw this while looking up something Jagiello related. I am so happy that we were able to get back in touch with one another a few years back. You have a great-great nephew to be born in January and the family continues on. Thank you for everything.
Jadi Jagiello
July 11, 2007
Walter was a very good man. I will miss him. Rest in peace!!!
Christopher Danielczuk
June 7, 2007
God bless you Wally. May the Saints and Angels of God come to your help and hear your supplication. May you be rewarded with the forever joys in heaven and a blissful eternity to enjoy your music and friends. Rest in Peace
Christopher Coffiey
May 27, 2007
Thanks for the memories!!! Originally from Chgo, so I grew up on your music. My mom and dad (Frand & Sophie Jaworek)loved your music and my little brother, Dennis, actually played drums in one of your sets in in peace!
Pat (Jaworek) Farkas
Pflugerville TX
Pat Farkas
April 26, 2007
I had the good fortune to hear and see a lot of Polka bands in the Green Bay area. I was away for so long that I can't remember who I saw live, like at the Pulaski Polish Sausage Festival where many bands would gather. I had the good fortune of a gathering with his nephew in California many years ago. He played the accordion also, and we had a lot of fun. Its one of my premium memories. It was God's gift to know the Polska influence from my mother. My condolences to the family.
Rich Wusterbarth
April 13, 2007
Bob Pietras
March 28, 2007
previously from chicago father was edward ronald, his father was edward and his father was vincent
wife mary
edward f drzewiecki
March 25, 2007
Deeply sadden to hear of the passing
of Lil'Wally. Been a polka dj for over 25 years and remember his appearance at the Monaca,Pa.PNA
back in the 70's. As well,had the
opportunity to talk to him via
telephone some years back, and have
some radio liners he did for me.No
doubt,a kind human being and extend
my heartfelt sympathies to his family. Maly Wladziu, thanks for all
the great polka happiness.
Robert L.Frynkewicz
Beaver County's Hometown Stations
Beaver Falls,Pa./Ambridge,Pa.
Robert L. Frynkewicz
March 19, 2007
I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Lil' Wally. I knew Lil' Wally from Chicago. In fact, he played on one side of the street and I played concertina on the other side. I've always listened to his music and continue to play his hits at home and in the car. My family truly loves the Lil' Wally sound and he'll never be gone as long as we still have his music. God Bless his family and may Almighty God grant you the strength and peace of eternal hope.
Stanley Gresick
February 15, 2007
My mother played Lil Wally's music for me when I was still in the cradle. My mother has told me that hearing his music would stop me from crying back then, and it still makes me happy today. When I was a bit older, my grandmother used to have me sing along to his music and she would tell me what they meant. I was never able to meet the man and tell him how much his music means to me, but I hope that by doing this, his family will know what a blessing his music was and still is in my life.
Greg Mitro
January 29, 2007
I'm sorry to hear of Lil Wally's passing.....
My parents, (George & Fran Lonning) belonged to the Polka Lovers of America and they loved Lil Wally's music,Dancing or listening. My Dad died, Jan of 2005 and Mom's lost without my Dad, but playing Lil Wally's songs and all the bands that played at the Majestic Ballroom in Cottage Grove, Mn and around Minnesota......brings a smile to my Moms face. Thanks Lil Wally.......Your still making people happy with your music!
Steve Lonning
December 29, 2006
Thank you for all the wonderful music and entertainment throughout the years.
Dennis Accord
Dennis Accord
November 25, 2006
My sympathy to the family. Polka has suffered a loss but will not be lost thanks to this great man.
Damon Doucet
November 14, 2006
I first heard Wally back in the late 50's playing "My Shoes Keep Walkn Back To You" I was hooked on his music.Through the many years I have played drums, I have had the opportunity to work with Wally on 4 occasions over the past 35yrs and was always amazed at the amount of lyrics that "Lived" in that man's head. He was truly amazing. A great performer...he kept the crowd going from the first tune to the last. I was very proud to have been chosen to play with George Borsuk's Buffalo Connection backing up Wally for his last performance in Feb of 2006. The man was a cacaphony of the polka experience..he continued to pull out song after song. He still had his ability to read his audience and play Their Song. A Musician and Performer the likes of Wally comes by once in a lifetime...He was loved as was his music. He will be missed. I will miss him.
Edith Blaire
November 13, 2006
I don't know Wally, however my name is Jeff Jagiello and I googled my name and this brilliant man's name came up. I'm so fortunate to have the same last name as such a star. Wally will truly be missed.
Jeffrey Jagiello
October 22, 2006
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Zdzislaw chojnacki
October 15, 2006
I have loved lil wally's music since I was a kid ( and now I'm 60 ).In fact for several years when I was a teenager all I wanted to do was to listen to his music, try to play it or to attend his dances. He was the greatest in the field -- ever -- I wish that his style, fluency or feeling could some day be equalled but can't see it happening . Now, months later, I still can't believe he is gone : there was something ageless, eternal about his music. One of his many albums and songs was entitled "Zyj na wieki!" (Live forever).....Live forever among the angels, Wally: There was a divine spark in you. Like many others I'll love and take comfort in your music until the day I die. Sincerely, Joe Rodgers, Bridgeport, Ct.
joe rodgers
October 15, 2006
Janik Krzysztof
October 11, 2006
To Jeanette and family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Li'l Wally, my idol.My father and mother would take me to Caldwell Woods every sunday to hear him sing and play, although there were other bands playing, he always seemed to have the biggest crowd listening and dancing to his music. He sang and played with such passion, pure heart and soul. Because of him and his music, I started to play drums and sing his songs, he was my greatest inspiration. On behalf of the Touch Of Chicago band, NIGDY NIE ZAPOMNE!
Bob Jayo
October 5, 2006
When I worked with The Great Walt Solek at WMMW 1470 AM Radio in Meriden, Connecticut we would always have people calling the station and asking for a Polka by the Great Walter E. Jagiello! I think we got the most calls for "In Heaven There Is No Beer!" I know this was one of his BIG All Time Hits for sure! Now he is in Polka Heaven with the Great Walt Solek and Polka DJ Stanley E. Saleski of Meriden,CT. I know he will be Greatly Missed by ALL! May Walter Always Rest In Peace,AMEN!
Tom Coss
October 3, 2006
Wally you will be missed. My late father played the trumpet with you many times on your live radio broadcasts at the Carousel Club at 25th and Sawyer.I remember him taking me to your recording studio on 25th and Kedzie. I was about 15 way back when in 1965. You where kind to me and even gave me a free rock'n Roll 45RPM. that some group recored at your studio on the Drummer Boy label. < I still have that record in my collection> You where the Beatles of Polka music. Everyone of those early 50's and 60's hits where pure Gold recordings. I always thought you should have received a Grammy for all that hard work and great music you made and for changing the entire Polka music field. Your drumming was crisp and driving. Your vocals that you always over dubbed when it came to the harmonies where beyond great. You will be missed. I wish to extend my deepest condolences to your wife Jeanette and your entire family. Joseph Bialek.
Joseph Bialek
October 3, 2006
My Condolences to Jeanette
Thank you Li'l Wally for making my wedding a fantastic time 16 yrs ago.
I have so many memories and good times with Wally selling his records that I will treasure the rest of my life.
My mom used to play Wally's music all the time. We grew up watching mom, grandparents and all my aunts and uncles play those favorite tunes out on the farm.
Wally, You will never be forgotton. I play your music every day.
Thanks for the good times may you rest in Peace.
Chuck Stringhill
Chuck Stringhill
October 1, 2006
Sa musique, ses chansons ont enchanté la polonia de France...

Au revoir l'artiste...

October 1, 2006
Sa musique, ses chansons ont enchanté de nombreuses familles de la polonia francuzka...

Sincères condoléances...

September 19, 2006
Thank you Wally for the many years of happy joyous music. My late father got me started on your music in my teens, and I loved it ever since. Needless to say,I still have Wally's records and love them.

Bog zaplac i sto lat.
Weronika Sudol,
Brantford ON, Canada.
Molly McMufin
September 9, 2006
My condolences to Jeanette and family on the loss of an Polish American original.
We had the honor of seeing him perform at the Polish American Veterans Club in Wilbraham, MA and also attending Sunday Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Indian Orchard, MA
Sig Dymon
September 9, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
henri bartos
September 6, 2006
Will be truly missed, a pleasure to have grown up with this sound, very fond memories, lifetime of happy times listening to Wally. True polka legend. May the King Rest in Peace
R. Miller
September 5, 2006
Thanks for the good times, great dances and fond memories.
Janina Wiechnik
September 5, 2006
Dear Walter and family,

To the family, I am sorry to hear this and my deepest sympathy is with you.

Walter, first time I heard of you was only after your sad passing, on young polka Patrick's internet polka radio show. A few tunes were played for you.

Mate, well done on the many years of great music. I know you're up in heaven with all the other greats like Frankie Yankovic and more. I enjoy your music very very much, you have produced a wonderful happy true polka sound.

God bless and rest in peace,

Phillip and family from Australia
Phill Nadvesnik
September 4, 2006
My uncle went to high school with Little Wally, so my mom used to play his music all the time. We grew up watching mom and grandma, who was from Warsaw, dance the polka. To this day we pass along the tradition to our children as best we can and try to continue his legacy. He will not be forgotten.
Karen Henley
September 4, 2006
When I was a Kid My Aunt played Lil wally records all the time. Guess this is how I got hooked on Polka Music. Wally, thanks for all the memories and good times. Rest In Peace
Greg Goodie
September 3, 2006
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