Walter F. "Murp" Balawajder, age 91, of McKeesport, died December 15, 2019, at home. Born February 18, 1928, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Stanley and Josephine (Leonard) Balawajder.
Walter retired from US Steel National Works, where he worked in the maintenance planning office with 33 years of service. He was a US Army veteran, serving as an expert M-1 rifleman, clerk-typist, and non-commissioned administrative officer. During his enlistment, he had the pleasure of meeting General Eisenhower in 1946, at Fort Bragg, NC. Walter was a member and lifelong volunteer of the former St. Mary Czestochowa and now Corpus Christi Parish, where he ushered, counted, and did bank depositing. He was a member and past officer of PNA Lodge 352 and PNA Council 110. Walter was also a member of the White Oak American Legion Post 701, Renzie Seniors, and LifeSpan. He enjoyed spending time at his camp in Venango County, hunting, tree cutting, grass cutting, cooking, and drinking Genesee beer. Walter was an avid walker and bicyclist, who during his retirement years, accounted for untold thousands of leg miles.
He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Sophie and Helen Balawajder; also many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Walter was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Ted, Bruno, Chester, and John.
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, at Noon, in Corpus Christi Church. Committal prayers, military honors, and burial will follow in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery.
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