Budzinski, Walter J., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather is now reunited with his Lottie, his loving wife of 55 years. Walter passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at HealthSource Saginaw. Age 92 years. The son of the late Stanley and Helen (Nowak) Budzinski, Walter was born June 15, 1918 in Carrollton, Michigan. He married Lottie Shijka on November 8, 1947. She predeceased him December 27, 2003. Walter served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 4 ½ years during WWII. He served three years in the South Pacific and was a member of American Legion Post #439 and the D.A.V. #4 in Cadillac. Upon returning for his tour in the military, Walter was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Saginaw for 27 years until his retirement in 1973 and was a member of American Postal Workers Union. He was also a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #1224 in Cadillac. Walter and Lottie loved spending time with each other and with their family. Surviving are two daughters, three sons and their spouses, Carole and Doug Kleinschmidt, Massillon, Ohio; Ken and Carol Baybeck, Saginaw; Lynn Potts, Spring Arbor; Wally and Holly Budzinski, Defiance, Ohio; Tom and Pam Budzinski, Carrabelle, Florida; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Walter was preceded in death a great-granddaughter, BreAnne Knodel, and by four brothers and three sisters, Stanley, John, Anthony and Roman Budzinski, Frances Piwowarski, Edwarda Robinson and Josephine Karhwinakle. Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2010 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. James Carlson will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post #439. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mid-Michigan Hospice or the charity of their choice. www.snowfuneralhome.net