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Walter S. Sawa

May 30, 1945 - January 6, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date: January 11, 2019

Walter “Wadz” S. Sawa, 73, of Chicopee, was called safely home and passed onto eternal life at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family on January 6, 2019. He was born on May 30, 1945 in Springfield and was the beloved son of the late Walter S. and Stella J. (Kudla) Sawa. Walt was raised in Chicopee and graduated from Chicopee High School. He was a communicant of St. Anne Parish where he was part of the Pre-Cana team for 14 years. He served his country in the US Navy and attained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. Walt was employed at Standard Tile, now known as Best Tile as a store and warehouse manager. He played and coached basketball and softball for many years in the Chicopee area and most recently for the Relics Senior Softball League and the Chicopee Boy’s Club. Walt was an avid New York Yankees and Miami Dolphins fan. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of fifty one years, Susan M. (Talbot) Sawa; two loving sons, Steven Sawa and his wife, De of North Carolina and Alan Sawa and his wife, Jacquie of Longmeadow; four cherished grandchildren, Ella Sawa, Zachary Sawa, Owen Sawa and Samuel Sawa, whom he adored; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Jeanne Talbot of South Hadley; three brothers-in-law, David Talbot and his wife, Kathy of West Springfield, Dennis Talbot and his wife, Marilyn of Florida and Daniel Talbot and his wife, Deborah of South Hadley. He also leaves many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, numerous friends and extended members of the Sawa and Talbot families. Walt’s funeral will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home, 69 East St. in Chicopee Falls at 10 am, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Anne Church, 30 College St. in Chicopee at 11 am. Burial with military honors will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Calling hours are on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd St., New York, NY, 10016.