George E. Walko was a Reader, chanted Divine Service, made handmade crosses and gave them away to bishops, priests, deacons, and laity all over the world. He was a personal friend of thousands of people. He searched their personal ancestry. He was a personal friend to local Government, city and neighborhood people. Beloved of the faithful of St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church, and most especially a friend, and mentor to V. Rev. Fr. Emilian Hutnyan. He was also a church carpenter and maintenance worker who carved many lecterns and even the Holy Altar when he worked for four summer months with his son Gregory. In 2004 that Holy Altar was consecrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, His Eminence, Archbishop Job, and some 45 men in the Altar with St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir singing the responses to the Consecration Service. Reader George also spent two years studying Liturgical Theology at a Reader’s Workshop whereby he was tonsured a Reader at the age of 83. He will be dearly missed. Memory Eternal!
WALKO GEORGE E. WALKO, age 92. Beloved husband of Virgina 'Jean'; loving father of John (deceased) (Karen Walko-Makar) and Greg (Katie Gill-Walko); cherished dee dee of Adam (fiancee Kathryn Banaszak), Lauren Visnick (Marc), Kathleen and Mary Bridget; great dee dee of Henry Visnick and Juliette Visnick; brother of Ann Buzzelli, Sally Gaydosh (Andy) and the late Mary Patsolic, Sam, PFC John and Betty Novak. World War II Army Veteran, lifelong union carpenter, reader at St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church and former Mayor of Bedford. Friends may call at THE FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME, 356 WEST AURORA RD. (OH. RT. 82), SAGAMORE HILLS FOR VISITATION ON FRIDAY FROM 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M. PARASTAS FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. Funeral Saturday 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Orthodox Burial Services 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested in his name
to the St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church, 16029 Maple Park Dr., Maple Hts., OH 44137. www.ferfolia.com