Worcester/Holden-V. Walter Kojalo, 98, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2022, at UMASS hospital. He was predeceased by his wife, Ingeborg (Raid) Kojalo, in 2018 after 78 years of marriage.
Walter was born in Tartu, Estonia on February 17, 1924, son of Stefani (Plepis) and Peter Kojalo. After graduating high school, he received his B.S. degree from the University of Bonn in Germany and continued his education at the Metal Engineering Institute in Cleveland. He was employed by Wyman-Gordon for 20 years as an inventory control manager and at Komtek for 15 years. Even after retiring in 1989, he continued to dedicate his time as a consulting metallurgist to the Massachusetts Materials Research, Inc., in West Boylston. He was an active member of First Baptist Church for over 70 years, a member of the American Metal Society International, the American Society for Quality and the American Society for Testing Materials. He loved his dogs and being at the ocean.
He leaves many behind that love him and will miss him dearly including his children, Jacob Kojalo (Anne Gadbois) of Exeter, NH and Irene (nee Kojalo) (Christopher) Kitzrow of Albany, NY; his grandchildren, Laura (Richard) Coonrad and their children, Noah and Natalie, Nicholas Kitzrow (Michelle Cavaleri), Peter Kojalo and Matthew Kojalo (John Joaquin); his step grandsons, Alexander (Kristin) Gadbois and their children, Eli and Ava, and Mark Vandendyke and his wife, Mary Wong and his nieces Jessica Kestens and Judy Davis (Michael). He was predeceased by his loving grandson Timothy Hobin.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01609
All funeral services are being held privately.