Walter Kabara, 92, of Dowagiac

Published 9:44 am Monday, September 2, 2013

Walter John Kabara, 92

Born: July 24, 1921

Died: Aug. 31, 2013


Walter’s life began on July 24, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Josephine Krzemien Kabara.

He was united in marriage to Jane Kozimor on July 27, 1946, in Chicago.

Walter Kabara

Walter Kabara

He served his country by enlisting on Oct. 12, 1943, in the U.S. Navy.

He earned the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific (One Star), American Area and the Philippine Liberation ribbon.

Walter retired from Sundstrand. He was a member of Holy Maternity for 61 years, VFW Post 1855, Moose and Knights of Columbus 2113, where he was a fourth-degree and on the honor guard.

He was the senior representative for Dowagiac Dial-a-Ride. He was a very good bowler, was a member of the CRO-AM Group and enjoyed reading, traveling with his wife and friends, gardening, and spending time with his grandkids. He will be missed.

His loving family includes: one son, John (Lori) Kabara of Niles,; a daughter, Kathleen (Gregory) Schmidt of Dearborn; grandchildren, Angela (Darius) Hurley of Batavia, Ill., Gregory (Danielle) Schmidt of Dearborn, Nichole (Barry) Kabara of Niles, Sarah Schmidt of Chicago, Andy (Elia) Kabara of Niles, Emily Schmidt of New Haven, Conn., and Jared Kabara of Ann Arbor; and great-grandchildren, Liam, Olivia and Molly.

Walter passed away on Aug. 31, 2013, at Lakeland Medical Center, Niles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son James and brothers Edward and Casimar.

His family will gather with friends at Yazel-Clark Chapel, 405 Center, St. Dowagiac, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 6 until 8 p.m. with a Rosary said at 7:30.

Visitation will also be on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Yazel-Clark Chapel from 10 a.m.. until time to process to Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church, Dowagiac, for an 11 a.m. Mass. Celebrating will be Father Kevin Covert.

Burial will be at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.

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