Walter M. Sanok, a World War II veteran and retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, died June 4 in in his Lackawanna home. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sanok enlisted in the Army during World War II. He was proud of the fact he did not wait to be drafted, according to his family. He served as a corporal with the Field Artillery in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters and was awarded four Bronze Stars.
Mr. Sanok enjoyed reminiscing about colorful wartime stories with his family.
After the war, he returned to work for Bethlehem Steel, which he originally joined in 1940. He retired in 1983.
Mr. Sanok spent much of his spare time after retirement crafting ornate, wood-carved hope chests that he converted from old wine boxes. He also enjoyed sketching scenes from his youth growing up in Lackawanna, his wartime experiences and work at Bethlehem Steel. Some of his artwork was on display in Lackawanna Public Library in 2003.
He is survived by his wife, the former Irene T. Pietrusik; a son, Michael; a daughter, Andrea Connors; and two sisters, Josephine Kalinka and Anna Domanski.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday in St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Lackawanna.