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Pienkowski, Walter V.

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August 7, 1952 - April 13, 2012

Pienkowski, Walter V.

Walter Victor Pienkowski was born on August 7, 1952 to Walter Joseph Pienkowski and Roxanne Mary Fairman Pienkowski in Chicago, Ill. Both of his parents died before he was 9 years old, but he had other family that raised him on a large dairy farm northwest of Chicago which became Hoffman Estates. He later attended school in Hoffman Estates. The farm life gave him a character strength and work ethic that served him well all his life.

In April of 1970, at age 17, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy where, because of his intellect and talent, they kept him in a holding pattern until his 18th birthday, so that they could place him in the Builder Class

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Jay Pilgrim

September 15, 2014 5:58PM

I am sadden to have been sent Walter's (we called him Bucky) obituary. I became Walter's surrogate mother when his mother passed away. He was raised with my children until he joined the navy. I also tried unsuccessfully to find him. I am sad that I did not have an opportunity to see him again but I will hold on to many good memories. Bucky, be at peace.


September 15, 2014 2:19PM

I have been searching for years to find my father and last night somehow I stumbled across his obituary. I am very heartbroken that I never had the chance to meet him or know him. I only have one memory of him and that is a phone call he made to me when I was about 9 or 10 years old, it was a conversation about Doritos. Of all the things to talk about...he was just trying to calm me down because all I could do on that conversation was cry, just as I have been doing since last night. I know it seems strange for me to grieve over a father I never knew but I so badly wanted a relationship with him. I pray that he is resting in peace.


September 15, 2014 1:44PM

A father I never had the chance to know, even though I have searched for years to find you...I am deeply saddened to find out that you had passed away. I just remember our one phone conversation about Doritos, noone will ever know how much that one phone call meant to me. I just found your obituary last night and I can't believe how many tears I am and have shed for a father I never had a chance to meet. I guess the years of me searching and searching and then finding your obituary instead of you alive really is harder than I ever thought it could be. Rest in Peace Dad.

Charles Sabathne

April 23, 2013 2:08PM

I am so sorry that I will not have the chance to see Walter again. Walter, we called Bucky, lived with my family from the time he was born until his mother died. I had done many web searches trying to find him with no success. I am happy to see that he lived a full life and, I hope, a happy one.