Reverend Father Walter G. Czechowicz, PhD, 82, entered eternal life on Monday, May 11, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, New York.
He was born May 1, 1927 in Schenectady, New York a son of the late Walter and Patricia Czechowicz. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Schenectady, New York.
He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Andrew's Seminary and continued at St. Bernard's Seminary, both in Rochester, New York. He was ordained on May 19, 1951 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, New York by the late Bishop Edmund F. Gibbons.
His post-ordination studies included Siena College, where he received his Masters Degree in Education and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where he received his PhD.
His assignments included: Sacred Heart, Sidney, St. Patrick's, Catskill, St. Marie's, Cohoes, St. Mary's, Glens Falls, Sacred Heart, Lake George, St. Stanislaus and St. Casimir's, both in Amsterdam. He served on the faculty of St. Patrick's Academy, Catskill and Catholic Central High School, Troy; was associate principal of St. Mary's Academy, Glens Falls and associate pastor at St. Ambrose in Latham,.
Father was well known for his love of nature and motorcycles. He was chaplain to motorcycle groups and for several years assembled area bikers for an annual blessing.
He was appointed Administrator in October 1978 at St. Stanislaus in Amsterdam, New York and was later appointed Pastor in 1992. He remained Pastor until September 2004 when he retired, remaining in residency at the parish rectory continuing to serve the people.
He is survived by his sister, Gloria Johnson and her husband Ralph, Villa Rica, Georgia; his brothers Lawrence Czechowicz and his wife Ellena, Taylors, South Carolina and Edward Czechowicz and his wife Virginia, Boyd, Texas; nieces, nephews cousins and close friends Richard and Jean Karabin and Robert and Evelyn Karabin.
The Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Church, 50 Cornell Street, Amsterdam, New York. On Thursday, May 14, 2009, the Reception of the Body and Evening Prayer will be at 4:00 P.m.; the wake will continue until closing Night Prayer at 7:00 p.m. On Friday, May 15, 2009, the Funeral Mass and Final Commendation will be at 11:00 a.m. with the Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard, D.D, as principal celebrant.