Walter J. Lechefsky, 95, formerly of Edinboro (Lavery) and recently of Manchester Commons, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
He was born on September 30, 1926 to the late Joseph and Mary (Pojawis) Lechefsky in Erie, PA.
He graduated from Erie Tech in 1944 and soon after joined the US Navy serving aboard the U.S.S. Bremerton (CA-130), a heavy cruiser. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of operation during World War II. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he returned home and was employed by Lovell Manufacturing where he eventually became a Journeyman tool and die maker and retired from Lake City Industries in 1994. He continued to work part time after his retirement.
He was a long time member of St. Philips Parish in Crossingville and was a member of the American Legion Post #494 in Girard; the American Legion Post #381 in Cambridge Springs, and the Edinboro-McKean VFW Post #740 where he served on the Board of Directors for several years. Walter enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially going to camp in Brookston, PA. He also loved drives in the country and traveling to visit family members throughout Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.
Walter was preceded in death by his loving wife of thirty three years, Genevieve (Boraten) Lechefsky, whom he married in 1948; a son, David M. Lechefsky; sisters, Ann Estock, Alice Tribendis and Helen Sitek; brothers, Raymond Lechefsky and his identical twin Harry Layne. He also was preceded in death by his loving companion of fifteen years, Reva Baker.
Walter will be greatly missed by his family which include his daughters, Debra Joseph (William) and Brenda Wardlaw (David); sons, Daniel Lechefsky (Wendy Favinger) and Thomas Lechefsky (Julie Weston); five granddaughters; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Walter's family so appreciates the loving care and attention he received from the staff at Manchester Commons and AseraCare Hospice.
Friends may call on Friday from 6 to 8 P.M. at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. A Prayer service will be held there on Saturday at 9:30 A.M. followed by the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 101 Olin Ave., Girard at 10 A.M.
Burial with full military honors will be in the St. James Cemetery in Crossingville.
Memorials may be made to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 8737 Colesville Road, Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910.
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Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
8737 Colesville Road, Suite 400, Silver Spring MD 20910