NAUGATUCK — Walter P. Kwasniewski, 92, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at Abbott Terrace Health Center.
He was born in Union City on May 21, 1919, son of the late Leopold and Klementyna (Gruszkowski) Kwasniewski. Walter served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion as Technician 4th Grade. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. After the War, Walter was proprietor of his family’s business, School Street Market in Naugatuck. He also took over making the market’s famous kielbasa from his father. Walter
worked in the footwear division of Uniroyal where they made the famous Keds sneakers. He also drove large fuel oil tankers for Thurston’s Fuel Co. in Naugatuck. He had also worked in the deli department of Pathmark Grocery Store in Waterbury and he retired as deli manager from Southbury Food Market in Southbury.
He is survived by his daughter Nadine Mahan of Watertown; his sister Alfreda Krajeski of Scituate, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by seven brothers, Anthony, Raymond, Chester, Frank, Leonard, George and Kazmer Kwasniewski; and four sisters, Mary Hughes, Rita Tamowski, Teresa Shelley and Elizabeth Black.
His funeral will be held on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, to St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck for a mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9 a.m. to 10a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Haven Veterans Hospital, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516.
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