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Walter F. Berk, Jr.

August 15, 1932 - December 31, 2018


Walter F. Berk, Jr., age 86, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, joining his wife, Marie, on Monday, December 31, 2018.

Born in Tamaqua, PA on August 15, 1932, he was a son of the late Walter F. and Ida V. (Hower) Berk, Sr. Walter proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 until 1955 stationed in Munich, Germany. After his service, Walter worked at Atlantic Aviation retiring after 30 dedicated years as an aircraft inspector.

Walter was a longtime member of Our Lady of Fatima R.C Church and Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of Atterbury VFW and the former New Castle Moose Lodge. He loved working on his antique cars and model airplanes. In his spare time, you could find him fishing or cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Above all, Walter will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who had a great sense of humor and was dedicated to his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie T. Berk; son, Joseph Berk; and brother, George Berk. Walter is survived by his daughter, Donna M. Berk; son, Michael W. Berk (Lynn); grandchildren, Jordan L. and Ryan M. Berk; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Walter’s memory to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or www.dav.org.

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7 Guestbook messages for Walter F. Berk, Jr.

  • Uncle Wally was our neighbor for 19 years and we are going to miss seeing him sit out front rocking on his bench. Our thought and prayers are with Donna & Michael and the family.

    Jim, Tina & Jimmy Ramsey

  • Mike, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He is now at peace and with Marie in a better place. Please know that we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Chuck and Linda.

  • Donna, Mike & Family,
    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. The memories we have of your mom and dad we will cherish forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Doris, Donna and Shirley Broadbent

  • Walter we will miss you coming into the Atterbury VFW and your snappy replies. Your knowledge on Pottsville PA and surrounding area. You were a kind and pleasant man. I will miss singing a line from a song I rembered from the 1960’s “Walter, Walter take me to the alter”
    Your presence will be missed. Jean & Bill Davis

  • We will miss seeing and talk to Walter at Atterbury VFW. Mom and he had some nice conversations up there talking about their experiences in life over the years. He was a very nice person always a gentleman. I’m glad he is at peace. He has been through a lot. I will pray for him and your family. We are very sorry for your loss. Marie McGinn

  • I’ll always remember the trips when Uncle Wally and Aunt Marie came to the Outer Banks with us. One day, Wally didn’t wear any sunscreen and got sunburned. The next morning, he woke up and was a blistering beet red. He looked like he was hurting so I remember asking him how he was feeling and if he wanted any aloe, he just looked at me and said, “I did this to myself buddy-ro, and no, I don’t need any of that cream.” So although he suffered through it, I noticed he was extremely careful to stay in the shade the rest of the week. Ha! Tough, funny and charming…. that was Wally to a T!

    I reflect on those good times with Wally and Marie, and it makes my heart smile to know he is up there keeping an eye on all of us. My deepest condolences to Donna, Michael and family. Sending you lots of love.

    Love – Tom and Julie Colan

  • Thoughts and prayers go out to the Berk Family. Wally seemed like a beautiful person that made a lot of people happy. He will be missed by many…