William John Lewko
Claremont, N.H. — William John Lewko, 91, of
Stone Avenue in Claremont, died Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2013, at the Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont after a brief illness. He was born in Claremont on Dec. 27, 1921, the son of Florian J. and Julia (Kauspka) Lewko.
Bill had graduated from Stevens High School in the Class of 1941 and attended UNH before joining the United States Marine Corps. He served in World War II as a Sergeant and was in the Asiatic Theater and had engaged in military action in Tarawa, Saipan, Titian, Oknawa and Nagasaki.
Bill retired in 1984 from Joy Manufacturing Company having worked as an inspector for 43 years.
He was a member of the American Legion, Northeast 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Marine Division National Association.
Bill had a lifelong love for fishing along with fly tying. He also enjoyed gardening, hiking in the woods, feeding and watching the birds, loved animals, cross country skiing and as a child did ski jumping. Most of all he loved spending time with his whole family.
The family includes his wife, Eleanor (Haggins) Lewko of Claremont, whom he married on June 14, 1952; two sons, Michael Lewko and his fiancé, Brooke Tetz of Kennebunk, Maine, James Lewko and his wife, Sara of Concord; one daughter, Elizabeth Whipple and her husband, Dana of Sunapee; one granddaughter, Allyson Lewko of Concord; one grandson, Aaron Whipple and his wife, Rosa of Sunapee; one sister, Alberta “Betty” McGrath of Claremont; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by five brothers, Albion Lewko, Alexander Lewko, Florian Lewko, Jr., Frank Lewko and Anthony Lewko.
Visiting hours will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Father George Majka, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations can be made in his memory to the Claremont Soup Kitchen, PO Box 957, Claremont, NH 03743.
To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit, www.stringerfh.com.