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Walter John Wasilenko
May 16, 1936 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Walter John Wasilenko passed away on February 1, 2024, after a short illness. Born on May 16, 1936, in Auburn, New York, Walt's warm smile and wise spirit brought light and wisdom to all who knew him. His 87 years were marked by a deep commitment to his family, his work, and the simple pleasures that life had to offer.
Walt's life was one of dedication and service. After finishing High School, he joined the Coast Guard. Then returning to Auburn, he was a valued employee at Alco, as a welder. He later brought the same level of dedication to the Auburn Community Hospital.
A life-long resident of Auburn, he was the son of the late John and Stella Wasilenko.
Family was the cornerstone of Walt's life. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his devoted children, Gregory (Palma) Wasilenko, Carole Wasilenko, Cathy Parker, Cynthia Grillo, and Debra (Craig) Ryan; grandchildren Anthony Wasilenko, Brandon, Jason and Jessica Parker, Abigail Grillo, Sheldon and Kaitlyn Ryan; great grandchildren Maya and Mason Parker; sister Lorraine Wasilenko; brothers John (Julie) Wasilenko; Jerry (Kathy) Wasilenko and several nieces and nephews. Each of them carries forward the values and lessons instilled in them by Walt, ensuring that his legacy of love and wisdom will continue through the generations.
Walt is predeceased by his loving wife Janette, Son in law David Parker and grandson Stephen Parker.
Walt was a man of many interests, but he especially enjoyed traveling, going to the Club, going to casinos and watching sports. Whether he was cheering on his favorite team or trying his luck at a game of chance, he did so with enthusiasm and a sense of fun.
Walt passed away in Syracuse, New York, leaving behind a world that was undeniably better for his presence. His final days were spent surrounded by the love of his family, who will miss him dearly. As we mourn the loss of Walter John Wasilenko, we also celebrate a life well-lived, a life filled with love, wisdom, and an enduring interest in the world around him.
Walt's journey through life was a testament to the power of positivity and the importance of family and community. As we say goodbye to this remarkable man, we take solace in the memories and the lasting impact he has had on all of us. Walter John Wasilenko's spirit will live on, not only in the stories he shared but in the hearts of those who loved him.