Walter was born in Starahowice Poland on July 29, 1941 the son of the late Stanley and Izabella Fistrowicz. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife Mercedes on January 16, 2016.
He is survived by his children James (Katherine) Fistrowicz and Nina (Wade Neilson) McKenna, grandchildren Colin James Fistrowicz, Hunter James Fistrowicz, Savanna Love Fistrowicz, Corey (Holly) McKenna, Nicolle (Justin) McKenna, great grandchild Isabella, and a cousin Ewa (Danny) Betka and her children Nick (Samantha) Betka and Katherine (Ken) Dalton.
Walter was raised in Krasnik Poland and attended trade school to be a machinist. In 1959, at the age of 18, he emigrated to the United States. In 1960, while attending English language classes in Valley Stream, L. I., he met his future wife Mercedes, and on July 28, 1962, they married. In 1976, Walter and Mercedes relocated to Hartwick, where he began working with Unison in Norwich and establishing the W.J. Machine Company Inc. where he continued his expert tool and dye making with his son James until his death. In addition, Walter was an accomplished cabinet maker and house builder.
Walter loved fishing, telling stories, and spending time with his grandchildren. A social man, he was always up for a toast with a cocktail and an open door for anyone in need.
Calling hours will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday August 7th and again from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sunday August 8th at Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY. A prayer service will follow Sunday’s calling hours at 12:00 PM with Maureen Joy of Holy Cross Church, Morris, NY officiating. Interment will be in Edmeston Union with his wife Mercedes. Donations may be made to the Edmeston Emergency Squad PO Box 111 Edmeston, NY 13335 in Walter’s memory. To send condolences, visit www.Delkerterryfh.com, or Delker and Terry Funeral Home on Facebook.