Muskego - Walter A. Roszkowski, 95, passed away at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Sunday, December 28, 2008.
Wally was born in Racine on April 25, 1913, to the late Alexander and Leonia (nee: Babinski) Roszkowski. A graduate of Washington Park High School, he went to serve his pattern maker apprenticeship with JI Case Co. from 1931-34. Wally began employment with the United States Postal Service in 1940. He achieved the position of Postmaster in 1972, an office he upheld until his retirement in 1974. While at the Post Office, Wally also faithfully guarded the waters of Lake Michigan with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary from 1945-49.
On September 4, 1937, in St. Edward Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, E. Margaret (nee: Oster) Roszkowski, who preceded him in death on January 23, 2003. Following Margaret’s death, Wally moved to Tudor Oaks in Muskego to be near his family.
With a profound Catholic faith, Wally was an active member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, where he served as a Trustee and an Usher. He was also involved with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Racine Kiwanis Club, National Assn. of Postmasters, and was on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Cemetery Association. As an avid golfer and bowler, he played with various leagues. Above all, Wally was happiest when in the surroundings of his entire family.
Surviving are his son, Robert (Gladys) Roszkowski of Eagle; daughter-in-law, Annette Roszkowski of Waukesha; grandsons, Lorn Zander, Daniel (Juliet) Roszkowski and Andrew (Dawn) Roszkowski; great-granddaughter, Erika Roszkowski; brothers, Chester (Phyllis) Roszkowski and Edward (Patricia) Roszkowski; sisters-in-law, Katie and Faith Roszkowski; Cecilia Ketarkus and Helen Douglas; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.
In addition to his parents and wife, Wally was preceded in death by his son, Richard; daughter and son-in-law, Judith (Neal) Zander; granddaughter, Jill Zander; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene (Winifred), Alex (Deliah), Stanley (Betty) Roszkowski; brothers, Casimir “Kayo” and Henry Roszkowski; and sisters, Sophie Pierce and Harriet Kaminski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the church on Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. In memory of Wally, memorials can be made to St. Richard’s Parish.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000