TRAVERSE CITY — Walter A. Pomianek Sr., 91, a true family man of Interlochen, died Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, at Munson Medical Center following a lingering illness. Born Jan. 11, 1922, in Wilkes Barre, Pa., he was the son of the late Anthony and Catherine (Dombrowski) Pomianek.
He attended and graduated from Hanover Township High School in Pennsylvania, as well as attending Wilkes College in Pennsylvania and the University of Detroit, studying engineering.
Walter married the love of his life, Margaret “Marge” Stiber, 64 years ago. They relocated to the Detroit area for his career and to start a family.
Walter was employed by the Jervis B. Webb Co. in Farmington Hills, serving as chief automation engineer for more than 30 years.
Following retirement in 1985 Walt and Marge relocated to their home on Cedar Hedge Lake near Interlochen.
Walt was very patriotic and proud of his military service to his country. During World War II he served as a 1st Class Petty Officer and a Navigator in the aviation division of the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1948 in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.
In addition, he was a life member of the Interlochen V.F.W. #7493 and held several offices over the years, including Post Commander.
Walter was an avid reader, especially of historical and nonfiction literature, a golfer, loved gardening and mushroom hunting in the fall. He also enjoyed playing cards, hunting and fishing. But his greatest love of all was spending time with his family, of whom he was so proud.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and was a devout Christian. Walter loved the Lord with a perpetual spring of faith.
Walter will be forever loved and missed by his wife, Margaret, of Interlochen; children, Catherine Warner, Walt Pomianek and Mary (Lynn) Patrick, all of Traverse City; close family friend, Larry Coates; grandchildren, Matthew (Elisa) Pomianek, Bryan (Ashley) Warner, Christina (Martin) Pomianek-Dames, Eric Iversen and Sean Patrick; great-grandchildren, Grant and Harper Grace Pomianek; siblings, Bertha Dobson, Theodore Pomianek, Stanley Pomianek and Florence (Richard) Kingsland; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Pomianek; a sister, Helen Bankos; and a brother, John Pomann.
Friends may call at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday, March 24, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a vigil service at 5 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, March 25, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Fr. Gregory McCallum will preside. Burial will take place this spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Interlochen.
In remembrance of Walt, memorial contributions may be directed to Green Lake Township EMS or to the Interlochen V.F.W. #7493. Envelopes may be obtained either at the church or the funeral home.
Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.