Walter R. Szczublewski

Walter R. Szczublewski, Jr., 74 of Dunkirk, NY died Friday morning March 14, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born April 1, 1939, the son of the late Walter and Casey (Kucharski) Szczublewski, Sr. A lifetime resident of Dunkirk, he graduated from Cardinal Mindszenty with the Class of 1956 and was employed for over 38 years at Al Tech Specialty Steel. Upon retiring he devoted his life to his gardens and serving at his church, Blessed Mother Mary Angela, St. Hyacinths.

A devout Catholic, Walter served as an usher, money counter, holiday decorator and gardener at the church. He also did woodworking for the church festivals. Walter went with Fr. Michael Parker twice to Rome for a private audience with Pope John Paul II. Ones he never forgot.

He did landscaping for many people and gave private tours of his own gardens on many occasions. Many people sought him out for his vast knowledge of horticulture. From this he was awarded a certificate of achievement from the National Wildlife Habitat Association. Walter was also a member and past president of the Buffalo Bonsai Society for many years, showing over 50 of his miniature trees in Grand Island, NY with his daughter.

Another of the pride and joys within his landscaping was the pond in which he raised koi goldfish for over 20 years. Walter also shared his love of woodworking and painting, which was self taught, through the many Santa’s he not only displayed throughout his home, but also shared with his family and friends. He was also an avid music listener.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann whom he married 49 1/2 years ago, June 27, 1964; one son, Michael (Hilary) Szczublewski of Clarksburg, MD; one daughter, Kristin (William) Tomasic of Greensburg, PA; four grandchildren, Juliane Tomasic, Preston Szczublewski, Kayce Tomasic, Grace Szczublewski; canine companion Iggy; his brother-in-law, Richard (Louise) Poweska; and numerous cousins and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife’s parents, Marion and Geraldine Poweska and faithful companion, Wellington James (Welly). The family expresses their sincere thanks to good friends and family members, Frank and Pat Levandoski, Peter Komada, Sandra Kosierb, the Timmy’s Gang, Sister Rachel, Julie Root and Pat Smith. We would also like to thank the Hospice team, Karen, Bethany, Rachel and Chaplain Bill for all their dedication and kindness during this very difficult time.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Christian Burial which will be celebrated Monday morning at 10 a.m. in Blessed Mary Angela Parish, church of St. Hyacinth. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. Burial will be on Monday at St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County; 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.