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Obituary of Walter E. Kempa
Walter E. Kempa Sr. passed away on November 28, 2019 at the age of 93 and is now reunited with his beloved Agnes. He was married to Agnes for sixty nine years and is the father of Walter Jr. (Linda), Roger (Elizabeth), Barry (Deborah), and Lawrence (Linda) Kempa. He is survived by 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Xavier. He was the son of Walter and Katherine Kempa and the youngest of 8 children, all who preceded him in death.
Walter was born in Clarksburg NY and lived an idyllic country childhood where he attended a one room school, explored the near-by woods and streams, and worked in his family's general store. After moving to the "city", he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army Air Force. Upon returning from WWII he met and fell in love with Agnes at a dance at St. Bonaventura.
In 1948 Walter began his 34 year career at Buffalo Savings Bank as a teller while attending night school at the University of Buffalo. Due to his hard work, engaging personality, and leadership roles in numerous business and charitable organizations he received multiple promotions culminating in becoming bank Treasurer. He also graduated from executive management programs at Brown University and the University of Massachusetts.
He enjoyed over 35 years of retirement walking, golfing, fishing, skiing, vacationing in Florida, and especially doting over his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, December 6th from 2:00PM - 4:00PM & 7:00pm - 9:00pm at F. E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 East Quaker Street, Orchard Park, NY.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 9:00 on Saturday, December 7th 2019 at Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park, NY.
Memorials may be made to:
Father Baker Manor Fund
6400 Powers Rd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
www.chsbuffalo.org/foundations selecting Father Baker Manor Fund