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Friday, November 01, 2013

Walter L. Schlenker, 92

Walter L. Schlenker, long active in Westport community affairs including service on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), Public Site and Building Commission and Flood and Erosion Control Board, died Nov. 1 in Wallingford. He was 92.

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Walter Schlenker: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Mary Lou Schlenker, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was a Schenectady, N.Y. resident for 20 years prior to moving to Westport, where he resided for 36 years. 

He was a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned his BSC Degree.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Merchant Marines for 10 years as a chief engineer where he earned the rank of Lt. Commander. 

Prior to his retirement, he was in the corporate finance operations with the General Electric Co. for 36 years. 

He was director of Westport area National Bureau of Census, member of Westport RTM for six years where he was chairman of the Public Works Committee and member of the Compensation Committee. 

Past moderator, trustee, chairman of worship, current deacon, Stephen minister, choir and church representative to the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council at the Greens Farms Congregational Church, member of the Y’s Man of Westport Weston where he was a member of the singing group The Hoot Owls.

He was past Master of St. George Lodge No. 6 in Schenectady, N.Y.  and current member of Temple Lodge in Westport (Masonic Order), past senior representative for the GE Elefun Managerial Society at Housatonic Community College of Bridgeport, including curriculum development and review.

He was past president of Westport/Weston United Way and member of the board of directors; past vice-president of communications and director of United Fund Campaign; past member of Computer and Technology Committee of Eastern Fairfield County United Way; past member of board of directors of the Westport Arts Center, and past vice president of finance for the center.

He was past assistant state director of the AARP and state coordinator of AARP work force programs; past president of the Greenfield Hill Chapter of AARP, and a member of the Westport Chapter of AARP, Greenfield Hill Chapter Board and legislative chairman, and chairman of the Senior Center Policy and Planning Board (2003 and 2004).

Also, member of the Advisory Council of Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, past chairman of the town of Westport’s Flood and Erosion Board and a member of the Shellfish Commission, past commissioner and secretary of the CT Commission on aging as appointed by the governor and representative to the governor’s Bridgeport office.

He was a past member of the Town of Westport Public Site and Building Commission, board of directors of The Nature Center for Environmental Activities, now re-named Earthplace, and a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Taborton, N.Y. where he sang with “The Cantabile Chorale” and with “The Trinity Chorale.” 

He is survived by one daughter, Pamela Van Hoesen; four grandchildren, Kristen, Kellan, Kendyl and Kreg Van Hosen and his companion, Winifred Keene.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at a date to be announced at Greens Farms Congregational Church.  Interment will be private. 

It would be appreciated if donations be made in Walter’s memory to:  The Rev. William Bryant Fund, Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport, CT 06880.


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