Walter Szumla

Walter J. Szumla

Friday, March 2nd, 1934 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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SZUMLA - Walter J. Of Buffalo, NY, September 12, 2020 at age 86. Beloved husband of Patricia (Zawistowski); loving father of Michael (Jennifer) and Bryan Szumla; devoted grandfather of Alan, Mary, Eric and Michael; dear brother of Laura and the late Ted, Irene, Florence, Richard, Paul and Jane; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Friday at 10 AM. Please be mindful that social distancing and face coverings are required. Walter was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War. Donations in Walter’s memory to Hospice Buffalo or the Assumption Church Preservation Fund are appreciated. Please share your online condolences at
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    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 10:00am
    Assumption R.C. Church
    435 Amherst St
    BUFFALO, NY 14207
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    Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Assumption Church. Please assemble at Church and be mindful that we will be following NYS Guidelines requiring face coverings and 6 feet social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
    Rev. Richard Jedrzejewski


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Posted at 06:40am
Mike, Jennifer, Bryan, and Family: My deepest sympathy to you as you mourn the loss of your father. Sorry I was unable to pay respects to your father and you in person. God bless you all. Dawn Suleski Pijanowski

Paul Bembia

Posted at 03:37pm of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met, and I'm honored to say I was fortunate enough to be his nephew. Uncle Wally, I will miss you tremendously, and I'll always remember your hearty laugh and your smile.
With much love,
Paul Bembia

Carol Burkhart-Lyons

Posted at 12:38pm
Walter Szmula was my neighbor for about 20 years. He was the best neighbor and role model for me and my children. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to Patti, Mike, Brian and Jen. And to all the extended family. Wally was a stellar man.
My favorite memories of Wally are when he cooked hot dogs on his grill for us during shoveling snow in the blizzard of 77. Also when he took all the kids to see a burning factory on Hertel Avenue and kept them safe. Also when he and Pat took my father to the hospital when he cut himself on the table saw. I could go on. He will be missed.
Love Mrs. Carol

Maila Mattson

Posted at 10:13pm
Mr. Wally Szymla and his lovely family camped at Mockingbird Park for some 45 years. I especially remember the motocross racing years, my brother and his boys. So many fun and happy times. He was always so kind to me. I consider this another family member departed. Deepest sympathies to his beloved family. ❤🙏

Love, Diane, Michelle, Julie, Elaine, & Scott

Posted at 05:40pm
Aunt Pat, Michael, Bryan: You are in our hearts. Uncle Wally's laugh will stay in our memories forever! We love you all.
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