Walter Korab, age 99, of Lorain, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 16, 2018 at home with his family by his side.
Walter was born in Elyria, OH on October 14, 1918. At age two he moved with his parents to Jasienica Rosielna, Poland. He returned to Lorain in November 1936 when he was 17 years old. Walter married Victoria (nee Buzso) on March 2, 1946 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Garfield, Heights, OH.
Walter was a World War II veteran who proudly served as a staff sergeant in the Third U.S. Army, 6th Armored Division, 69th Tank Battalion, HQ Company in the European Theater from 1942-1945. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Theatre Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Following the service, he worked as a welder for the American Shipbuilding Company at the Lorain Yard Ship and the C.A. Olsen Furnace Company in Elyria.
Wanting to fulfill his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and looking for an opportunity to use the cooking skills he received in the army, Walter purchased with his wife Maple Inn, a tavern and restaurant in Sheffield Village in October 1951. During 45 years of operation Maple Inn became a welcoming place for his many customers who came from all walks of life. When he retired in 1996, Walter took with him many cherished friendships and fond memories.
In addition to Maple Inn, Walter's other passion was restoring and driving his original 1957 Bel Air Classic Chevy 210. He was a master gardener and had a special love for growing tomatoes and cultivating rose bushes. Traveling brought him much joy as did keeping up with world affairs. He was a long-time member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Lorain, OH, The Society for the Preservation of Polish Culture, and the United Polish Clubs in Lorain and Elyria, OH.
Walter is survived by his daughters, Phyllis of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Chris of Lorain; brother, Stanley (Maria) Korab of Jasienica Rosielna, Poland as well as several nephews and nieces also residing in Poland.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Victoria, parents Frank and Felicia (nee Dziubel) Korab and sisters, Stella (Dominic) Krutkiewicz and Genowefa (Jaczek) Zrebiec.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. in the Dovin Funeral & Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:30 A.M. in the funeral home with Mass to follow at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 418 West 15th Street, Lorain at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Robert J. Glepko will officiate. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. The family suggests memorial contributions to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 418 W. 15th Street, Lorain, OH 44052.
555 North Ridge Road
SEP 20. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists
2701 Elyria Avenue
Lorain, OH, US, 44055
SEP 21. 10:00 AM
Nativity BVM Catholic Church