Walter "Vlad" M. PopovichAugust 8, 1931 ~ April 17, 2017 (age 85)
Walter "Vlad" Popovich, age 85, of North Tonawanda, died April 17, 2017 at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Born August 8, 1931 in Niagara Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Dushan and Emilija (nee Trecic) and was raised in Niagara Falls. Walter attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and while there was a member of the Tamburitzens, a group that performed the music and dance of Eastern Europe. They appeared across the U.S. and also performed twice in Europe. He was an active member of their endowment committee until his passing. He graduated from Duquesne University with his degree in business. His love for music continued as he joined the Balkan Serenaders of Lackawanna. The group traveled extensively, entertaining not only in Serbian/Croatian communities, but varied audiences in the Buffalo area including most of the major clubs. At a young age, Walter joined the American Serbian Club and actively promoted the club serving first as vice-president and then president.
Walter served in the U.S. Army where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and attended artillery school at Ft. Sill. He served in Germany as part of the 16 AFA Branch 2nd Armored Division as assistant executive battery commander. Following separation from active duty, Walter enrolled in the Army Reserve and the U.S. Army school system. He completed programs in Army intelligence, artillery air defense, and graduated from the General Staff College and National War College. He was assigned to the Army General Staff and made several trips to the Pentagon. He retired at the rank of full Colonel.
Walter had a very successful career at the Linde Division of Union Carbide (now Praxair) in the Town of Tonawanda, New York. He was employed there for 32 years in various positions and retired as a project manager.
He was the loving husband for 60 years of the late Evelyn (nee Jurenovich) Popovich, who died July 30, 2014; father of Steven (Sheila) Popovich and Peter Popovich; brother of Nada Kirk; grandfather of Jennifer and Jeffrey; and great-grandfather of Sincere Spencer. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday, June 10, at Our Lady of Czestochowa R.C. Church, 626 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, followed by a reception at the American Serbian Club. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, are preferred by the family.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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