Remembering Walter Bialek
Remembering Walter Bialek
Congresswoman Marcy KapturHON. MARCY KAPTUR of Ohio of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives
Congressional Record, 114th Congress
14 July 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor and remembrance of
Walter J. Bialek--beloved family man, friend and religious mentor to
many. Mr. Bialek passed from this life on September 3, 2009. As we celebrate Flag Day, it is fitting to recall
the contributions made by American citizens. Mr. Bialek's son, Joe, has
requested recognition of his father's contributions to his community of
Cleveland, Ohio. Thus, I submit the following recognition from Joe
Bialek honoring his father. Mr. Bialek's memory beats strong in the
hearts of his family and his son offers a moving tribute to his father:
``Walter Bialek grew up in the area of Saint Hyacinth in what is now
considered a part of the Slavic Village neighborhood in Northeast Ohio.
Born in a house next door to the convent that housed many nuns of the
Order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, he always spoke very reverently
of them about how much he appreciated the values they, along with his
parents, helped to instill in him.
``Mr. Bialek graduated from East Tech High School in 1936 and earned
a diploma with an emphasis in electricity. He was drafted into the
Army-Air Forces in 1941 and served as a Staff Sergeant. At one time he
was ordered off a troop truck headed for overseas combat in order to
teach twin engine aircraft training to fighter/bomber pilots.
Through this he contributed greatly to the defense of liberty and the
preservation of all those freedoms we enjoy today. After the war Mr.
Bialek was offered a player contract from the Cleveland Indians
baseball team but, on the advice of his father, declined it because he
did not want to play on Sundays. He worked briefly for the Indians as a
Territorial Scout (and kept the business card to prove it.) In 1950, he
married Eileen C. Moran. Together they raised six children. Walter
Bialek pursued an engineering career starting with Thompson Products--
the T in TRW--and culminating in his retirement from the General Motors
Chevrolet Plant in Parma, Ohio after 26 years of service. Throughout,
he was active in the Third Order of Saint Francis.
``We join his family and friends in honor and remembrance of Walter
J. Bialek, beloved husband of Eileen; beloved father of Mary, Patricia,
Eileen, John, Alice and Joseph. He was also the adoring grandfather of
Matthew, Chad, Katie, Kimberly, Timothy, Colleen, Tiffany, Nathan,
Mark, John, John Jr., Daniel, Andrew, Elizabeth, Steven and Teresa.
``Mr. Bialek's devout life was defined by his deep dedication to
family and friends, and his exceptional faith in the Catholic Church.
His strong spirit, integrity, energy and good works have served to
uplift the lives of countless individuals, families--and the
communities in which he resided.''