The Obit For Walt Kowalski

Walter Kowalski Sr.
(1923 - 2011)

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 25, 2011

RED HOOK - Walter Joseph Kowalski, Sr. died peacefully in his home in the Village of Red Hook on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the age of 88.

He is survived by his wife Marcella Anna and his children: Walter Jr., Karen, Elizabeth, Nancy, Patricia, Ronald, Linda, Susan, Christine, Donna and Joseph. He also leaves two son-in-laws, John and Brayton, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

His beloved son, Michael, predeceased him.

Walter had an interesting, fulfilling and long life. Born in Brooklyn, he was the third child of Peter and Julie Kowalski. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served his country during World War II.

Following his military service, he played minor league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Because of the reserve clause that prevented players from leaving their teams, he never had a chance to play in the Majors. Walter challenged the reserve clause, bringing his case before the Supreme Court. In 1953 the court ruled in favor of the owners.

He then worked for IBM in Kingston and Poughkeepsie from 1955 to 1993.

Walter loved golf. He also loved baseball and could often be seen at the Little League field where he would occasionally give advice and new baseballs to young players.

Over the years he enjoyed car trips with his family to many places in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. He especially liked his annual trips to Saratoga.

He loved living in Red Hook and enjoyed his trips into town to visit all the friends he had made while living there for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 27th, at St. Christopher's Church, Red Hook. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Barrytown.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, Red hook, on Thursday, May 26th, from 6-8 PM. Memorial donations may be made in Walter's memory to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538 or Red Hook Little League, PO Box 43, Red Hook, NY 12571.

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