Walter Petrash passed away on July 11, 2017, at home with his loving wife Barbara by his side.
Walter was born in Nanticoke, on June 12 1951, the son of the late Walter and Ann (Peters) Petrash. His sister Sonia Marshall preceded him in death.
A graduate of Nanticoke High School, Class of 1969, and Wilkes College, Class of 1973, Walter was a master carpenter and fine musician.
Throughout his life, Walter was the consummate loyal friend to many, a lover of music and animals (especially dogs Willie and Zoe), and a cherished husband. With an ever-ready smile and a gentle heart, Walter exuded kindness and good cheer. His warm smile and ability to make people feel comfortable and welcome were his hallmarks.
Walter is survived by his wife: Barbara Russ Petrash; sister: Patricia Anziulewicz and her husband John, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia; brother-in-law: Nick Marshall, Nanticoke; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation hours will from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, July 16 at Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green Street, Nanticoke.
In lieu of flowers, Walter would want you to be kind to one another, love your animals, sing a happy tune, and enjoy a simple life. In addition, a contribution to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Rd., Dallas PA 18612 or Medical Oncology Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704 is welcome.
The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Sordoni and the staff of Celtic Hospice, and Dr. David Greenwald and the Medical Oncology Associates staff for the wonderful care given Walter.
Barbara, please accept my most sincere sympathy in your loss. I remember speaking with you both at the Fine Arts Fiesta some time ago. I don't have your address to send a card. Please take care of yourself. MargeMarge Koval (10 months ago)
Barb we are so sorry for your loss. We are just across the street if you need anything. Please don't hesitate to ask. Wally was such a kind and gentle man. He is missed.Kurt and Mary Balbach (10 months ago)
I have such fond high school memories of Walter. The world is a sadder place without Walter's special kindness. RIPCharlotte Stempleski Jachimczak (10 months ago)
Will always remember the good times we had with music.Ken Hoskins (10 months ago)
Wally, you will be missed for sure. Thanks for being such a great friend to Jimmy and in turn my family. So glad you shared your talents to play music with all of us when my mom passed away. Your gentle soul and calming smile will be missed here. I hope you are relaxing with a fine guitar, playing some Neil Young perhaps, with a furry friend by your side.Nate Muscavage (10 months ago)