Walter Thomas Walonoski Jr.
August 14, 1958 – April 15, 2021
Walter T Walonoski, Jr. age 62, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by the love of his close family members. Walter was a proud veteran of the army, recruiter, music-enthusiast, and most importantly a dedicated family man. He is survived by his two children- Ashley Marie Walonoski age 24 and Kyle Theodore Walonoski age 22.
Walter was born in Plainville, CT and remained there for most of his childhood. With the marriage of Walter Walonoski, Sr. and Evelyn (Theriault) Walonoski, a blended family of 7 children was formed. He attended Plainville Junior High and St. Paul Catholic High School. During his time in school, Walt developed a love for basketball and football which carried into his adult years. Walt and his sister Debbie formed a summer community basketball league and their Black Point Beach Team remained undefeated for all 3 summers that they played.
Right after graduating high school, Walter enlisted into the Army. He received his boot camp training at Fort Dix, NJ and his first posting was to Germany. Subsequently he was stationed in Turkey under the military intelligence unit. In the Army, Walter was awarded many honors including the joint service commendation medal, army commendation medal, good conduct medal, and the national defense service medal only to name a few. His natural ability to converse with others in a personable manner led him to be stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco as a very successful recruiter. Walt served his country proudly for more than 14 years in the Army. While in San Francisco, Walter met Analiza where they soon fell in love and moved to Arizona to start their family. Walter bought his first home in 1996 in Gilbert, AZ making him one of the first residents of his community.
During his time in the Army, he completed his marketing degree through Central Connecticut State University and he would later use his education and training to excel in his career. Following his honorable discharge from the Army he began his professional career in sales, marketing, and recruiting. Walt had the pleasure of working for many companies- Oxford associates, Hall Kinion & associates, ENEA, and EXB where he gained 20+ years of experience in sales and recruiting. He would come to develop long lasting friendships and win awards such as salesman of the year. During his lifetime, Walt was given the opportunity to travel all over the world including places such as Germany, Italy, Philippines, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Iceland and Norway.
Walter was a loving father, son, brother, and friend to all. His favorite title was dad. He loved his children more than anything and always put their needs above all else. He was so proud of their accomplishments and loved spending quality time by their sides. He had a charming charisma that could light up a room. He was kind to all and truly selfless. He lived in a way that honored God and his country. Walter was enthusiastic about life and treated everyday like a gift. Although called to Heaven too soon, his memory will live in our hearts forever.
Walter’s memorial service will be held at Mariposa Gardens 6747 E. Broadway Road in Mesa, AZ on Saturday May 8th, 2021 at 1:00 pm.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Walter Thomas Walonoski Jr.
April 27, 2021
I always wanted to show up for our group dinners in an abnormal fashion.
In 2007 in Long Beach, I showed up to an informal gathering in a tux and blamed Walt. He said to come in formal. Well, maybe I heard it wrong and it was one word. . . Informal. I told him that I had rented the tux. Actually, it was one that I had for my singing group. We had a great laugh over it.
In 2008 I showed up at our Greenfields Brazilian Steakhouse dinner in my Hell’s Angels getup. I rode my motorcycle with a club and made sure to include the leather coat with my colors, chaps, a skull and crossbones doo rag and red reflective sunglasses. They tried to stop me at the door but I told them in a gruff voice that my party was already here and I didn’t want any trouble. I walked over to Walt and said “you told me it was a bad boy biker stakeout. Did I hear it wrong and you actually said Brazilian steakhouse?” He laughed loud and long. I never broke character the whole night, talking very biker-ish and ate meat steadily for 3 hours making fairly rude sounds while I was doing it.
I loved Walt like a brother and thoroughly enjoyed making him laugh that way.
He will be missed so very much.
April 21, 2021
Walt and I were best friends when serving together at Letterman Army Institute of research from 1982 -1986 at the Presidio of San Francisco. He was the company clerk. Always a lot of fun to be with. Hope to see him again in heaven. Sorry for your loss.
Kim and Darren Jones
April 20, 2021
Our sincere and deepest condolences to the Walonoski Family.
We've known Walt since our children went to charter school. Our sons played sports together while Walt was the basketball coach and a darn good one. He always had a kind and warm heart and always showed his love to his family. Always loved his laugh and positive spirit.
This has come to us as a complete shock to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace my friend.