OBITUARY

Walter Stephen Hornat

May 29, 1940November 8, 2021

Walter Stephen Hornat, (MSGT; USAF; Ret.), 81, lifelong Hartford resident, entered eternal life Monday, November 8, 2021. Born in Hartford, May 29, 1940, one of four children to the late Stephen and Pauline (Skorobohata) Hornat. Walter was a Vietnam War Veteran, proudly serving in the United States Air Force for twenty-two years. He was the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals for meritorious service, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals and several additional medals, awards and decorations, including the Paratrooper Badge. Walter was assigned to the communications field as a Cryptographic Specialist. He served in North Africa, Alaska, Thailand and two tours at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam. Walter was stationed at the Pentagon, where he was assigned to the National Military Command Center, providing service for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Walter was a life member of the VFW, DAV, the American Legion, as well as a proud member of the Ukrainian Americans Post 14. He was also a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service after 10 dedicated years of service. Walter was a faithful communicant of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hartford. He enjoyed sports, as an avid fan of the Red Sox, UConn Women’s Basketball and NASCAR. Walter leaves two brothers; Rev. Stephen Hornat S.S.E. of Selma, AL and Henry Hornat with his wife Nancy, of Wethersfield; a nephew, Randy Patrizz; nieces, Laura Bellizzi and Jennifer Boni; along with his loving extended family, Thong Lee with his wife Lida Lee and their children, Savanna, Evan and Syliva; and special friends Jackie Fongimine and Doris Roy. In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his sister Mary Patrizz of Deerfield Beach, FL and a nephew, Tony Patrizz II. Friends and relatives may pay their respects Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield from 4-7 p.m., with a Panachyda service at 6:45 p.m. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10 a.m. in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 125 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford. Everyone is asked to please meet directly at the church. Interment will follow the Liturgy in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, New London Turnpike, Glastonbury. The family requests in lieu of flowers and that memorial donations be made to Edmunite Southern Missions, 1002 Minter Ave., Selma, AL 36701. To extend online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Panachyda Service

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Funeral Liturgy

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

Memories

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Rifet&Ajka Kolarevic

November 17, 2021

We’re so sorry to hear about the loss.He was the best neighbor and our family will miss him very much

Love,Rifet,Ajka,elma,malik,ragib

Ragib Kolarevic

November 17, 2021

Im at a loss of words,it’s been a week without you.I never thought this would happen but it did.I know Walter dident want me seeing him in the condition he was in but I wish I did,Now it’s too late.I will never forget what Walter has done for me.One thing I won’t forget is the unconditional love Walter has given me and my family.

Sincerely, ragib kolarevic

Barbara Fink

November 15, 2021

Stephen & Henry,
My brother and I want to let you know we are thinking of you. So sorry to hear of your loss.
Sending prayers
Tony Baluk
Barbara Fink

Jackie Fongemie

November 15, 2021

Walt, you’re going too be missed by your family and friends. God saw your suffering and pain and called you home. Rest In Peace my dear friend and thank you for your friendship and kindness. Love you Wally 🙏❤️

Bev Pugliese

November 14, 2021

Nancy and Henry - So sorry to learn of the passing of your brother-in-law/brother
My deepest sympathy

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY