Walter F. Szpyrka
1914 – 2010
Thompson – Walter “Spitz” Szpyrka, 95, of Old Brandy Hill Road, died Thursday, July 8, 2010 in Matulaitis Nursing Home. He was the loving husband of the late Rita A. (Michon) Szpyrka. Born in Dudley, MA, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Markowski) Szpyrka.
Mr. Szpyrka worked as a mechanic for Cargill Chevrolet and was a watchman for Belding-Heminway.
He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was a “Walt” of all trades.
Walter is survived by his daughter, Jean Auger of Thompson; his sons, Bruce Szpyrka of Palm Bay FL, Cyril Szpyrka of Thompson, Dennis Szpyrka of Woodstock Valley, and Carl Szpyrka of Woodstock; his sister, Anna Pryzstas of North Grosvenordale; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Ernest and Keith Szpyrka.
Relatives and friends are invited to Walter’s Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am, Friday, July 16, 2010 in St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Matulaitis Nursing Home, 10 Thurber Road, Putnam, CT 06260. Valade Funeral Home has been entrusted with his arrangements.