Walter Dean Oknefski, age 90, of 48 Hillcrest Dr., Ridgway, died Saturday, September 7, 2019, at his residence following a brief illness. He was born June 24, 1929, in Ridgway, son of the late Benjamin C. and Minnie (Pearson) Oknefski. He married Pauline L. Walsh on August 30, 1952, she preceded him in death on January 1, 2019. He resided in Ridgway all his life and was a 1948 graduate of Ridgway High School. He was a member of the Ridgway Church of Christ, the Ridgway Fire Dept.-Montmorenci for 54 years and the Belles of St. Marys. He enjoyed golfing and his hobbies included working in stained glass and making hand hook rugs. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He had been employed by Alltel Phone Company for 41 years.
He is survived by 3 daughters: Sally J. Fontaine of Ft. Myers, FL, Susan J. Hamway of Richmond, VA, and Julia A. McIntyre of Tryon, NC; 1 son Dean W. Oknefski of LaPonte, CO; 2 grandchildren: Lilly Hamway and Camille Hamway both of Richmond, VA; 2 sisters: Alice Leonard of Ridgway and Phyllis Bjorkquist of Warren, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife he was preceded in death by 5 brothers: John in infancy, Robert, Harry, Frederick, and Kenneth Oknefski; and 2 sisters: Unice Steis and Lois Oknefski.
A Memorial Service for Walter Dean Oknefski will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 6:00 PM. Walter’s daughter, Rev. Susan J. Hamway, will be officiating. Burial was at Oakmont Cemetery. Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Ridgway Public Library or to the Ridgway YMCA. Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com
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