Walter J. Sakala, age 68, passed away surrounded by his loved ones at Overlook
Hospital in Summit, NJ on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 after a brave fight against
Walter was born April 15, 1949 in Newark to Walter and Mary Sakala. He graduated
from Rutgers University in 1971 with a degree in Economics, and married Sharon
(Watt) Sakala that same year. The couple moved to Union in 1979, and despite
relocating to Edison in 2010, they always considered Union their home. In 2016, Walter
retired from his job as a financial examiner for the state of NJ.
Walter is survived by his loving wife and best friend Sharon; daughter Kristen Olson,
her husband Thomas, and her children Isabella and Mia Labazzo; daughter Lauren
Guenther, her husband Thomas, and their children Patrick and Dylan; son Matthew
Sakala and his wife Elise; and his faithful four-legged companion, Lacy. He is also
survived by his sister Joyce Sakala, his niece Penelope Hunt and nephew Hugh
Walter had a great sense of humor and unique philosophy toward life, which his loved
ones will remember fondly. He was a compassionate man who lived by his faith and
was always there for his family and friends. Walter was the family “go-to guy”; quick to
help anyone in need and rarely turned down the chance to offer a favor.
Walter was passionate about his family and was a friend to all. Walter enjoyed family
barbeques, holiday traditions, and always had a kind word for those who crossed his
path during his daily drives, whether it be the man at the deli or the gas station
attendant. He also enjoyed day-tripping with his wife to casinos, reading the
newspaper, and his scratch-off lottery tickets - his last one before his passing was
actually a winner!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Leukemia and