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Walter S. Wonchoba, Jr.  

Walter S. Wonchoba, Jr.

July 26, 1932 – April 6, 2014

Walter S. Wonchoba, Jr., age 81, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Born in Berkley, MA on July 26, 1932, Walter was the son of the late Walter S. Wonchoba and Marie Pucek Overlock. He bravely served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the destroyer USS Coolbaugh and the carrier, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He worked as a laboratory technician for the DuPont Company and was employed at the Chestnut Run site for 35 years until his retirement.

Walter was a 55 year member of the St. John’s Lodge No. 2 A.F. & A.M. in New Castle. A leader in the Masonic community, he was a past Master and also served as a Grand Instructor for 25 years. He was instrumental in the construction of the new lodge hall, where he was past president of the New Castle Masonic Hall Company. Additionally, Walter served as a Worthy Patron for the Eastern Star Caesar Rodney Chapter #8, where he was a member for over 40 years. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening and tending to his yard and became an avid reader later in life. He was an exceptional handyman, who could build or fix anything that was asked of him. Above all else, Walter was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather who adored spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his beloved wife, Virginia D. Moore Wonchoba and a brother, Donald Wonchoba. Walter is survived by his children, James Meany and wife Donna of Wilmington, DE, Cheryl Kitchen and husband Jeff of Pike Creek, DE and Walter S. Wonchoba III and wife Gail of Lincoln University, PA; brothers, Edward Wonchoba and wife Helen of Wilmington, DE and William Wonchoba of Millsboro, DE; sisters, Marilyn Dwelley and husband Norman and Carol Madden, all of FL; grandchildren, Kim (Tim), Jeff (Lauren), Todd, Michelle, Kyle and Kevin; sister-in-law, Shirley Broadbent; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday evening, April 11, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, April 12, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Nicole Fullmer, April 8, 2014

    Cheryl and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    “The treasure left within the tear is love that never ends.” — Corinthians

    Love,
    Nicole

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  2. Bruce Munson, April 8, 2014

    My prayers are with you all as you negotiate this time of great loss, I remember your father fondly and well, and only wish I could have know him better. Time will help heal but there will always be that place Walt occupied in your hearts, ultimately it will be a happy place with all the fond memories, and I’m sure that’s the way Walt would have wanted it.

    Bruce Munson

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  3. Chris Salvaggio, April 8, 2014

    Cheryl, Walter and family,
    I am very sorry for your lose. I remember your Dad with loving thoughts and know how happy he is being reunited with his partner in Life, Virginia.

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  4. Jeffrey Baldwin, April 9, 2014

    Godspeed Brother.

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  5. J Tomlinson, April 9, 2014

    Our deepest condolences to Michelle and your family.
    Joe & Peg Tomlinson

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  6. Jill, April 14, 2014

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one. I too have experienced that deep pain of loss. So, I look for ways to comfort others. I hope that you may find comfort in Job 14:14,15, which assures us that Almighty God has not only the power, but the desire to resurrect our dear loved ones.

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  7. David L. Majors, PM/Sec. Hiram Lodge #25, April 14, 2014

    My condolences to the family and friends of Walter. Walter was the Grand Instructor that checked me out for all of my Degree Work and Lectures as I progressed through the Masonic Line of Hiram Lodge #25 in Newark, DE. I always thought a lot of Walter as he was very easy to work with. He will be dearly missed by not only the Officers and Members of St. John’s Lodge #2, but by most of the older Masonic Officer Lines in District #2, who all worked with Walter. I am sorry that I just learned about his death today, Monday, 4/14/2014, or I would have done my best to pay my respects in person, but I’m happy that I at least got the chance to pay my respects in print. I believe that I will see Walter again sometime in the future, and he is one of the individuals that I will be looking for on the other side! God Speed Walter!

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    • Cheryl (Wonchoba) Kitchen, April 24, 2014

      Thank you so much for your condolence message. It was so nice to read your thoughts about our dad. He loved and had such respect for his Masonic work and we all knew what it meant in his life.

      Thank you,
      Cheryl

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