Walter E. "Wally" Ciokajlo

Died: January 23, 2019
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Humenik Funeral Chapel
Rose Beris
Merle Reed Walther Leander , Tx
Terry Bigham, Trophies & Awards and Lois Bigham
Julie Vanatta
Mike Wood
Ron and Carol Rolfes
Kim Furry
John C. Murphy and Rose Webster
Manny & Sue Moutsios
Manny & Sue Moutsios
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WALTER E “WALLY” CIOKAJLO age 71, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on January 23, 2019. Wally is survived in life by Ruth(nee Beris), his beloved wife of 48 years. Brother in-law of the Beris family Paul (Ellen), Carl (Patricia), John (Gina), Christopher, and Mary. Uncle to James, Jeremy (Holly), Christine Vanatta, Rose, and Theresa. Great Uncle to Johnathan, Justin, Julie, Dylan, Lydia and Asher.

Veteran of the US Navy Vietnam War.

Past Commander and Member of American Legion Post 610 Brook Park

Past Grand Chef de Gare of Grand du Ohio of 40/8

Past Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer of 40/8

Member of Elyria VFW Post 1079

Amvets Elyria Post 32

Eagles Club Elyria

Polish Club

Knights of Columbus

Parma Disabled American Veterans.

Moose Club of Elyria.

The family will receive friends in celebration of Wally’s life at Humenik Funeral Chapel, 14200 Snow Rd., Brook Park, 44142 on Monday, January 28th from 2-4 & 6-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at Mary Queen of Apostles Church, 6455 Engle Rd., Brook Park Tuesday at 10AM. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. For those who wish the family suggest contributions to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation 1615 L St NE Suite 430 Washington DC 20036..

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Humenik Funeral Chapel


14200 Snow Road
Brook Park, OH 44142

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Humenik Funeral Chapel


14200 Snow Road
Brook Park, OH 44142

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Mary Queen of the Apostles Church


6455 Engle Road
Brook Park, OH 44142

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Time: 12:30 am

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery



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Died: January 23, 2019

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Lyn Conrad posted on 1/31/19

I am so sorry for your loss Ruthie and all he family that I know loved him. I put Wally on my prayer list many years ago when I first heard of his illness. I enjoyed your visit to Alabama when Vern Eccleston was National Chef of the 40&8. If I remember correct there was a second visit. I still have the Ladybug clicker he gave me. I loved Wally and was so thankful for your friendship over the years Bob & I were active. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Lyn Conrad


Rose Beris posted on 1/29/19

In memory of Walter E. "Wally" Ciokajlo, Rose Beris lit a candle


Dana posted on 1/28/19

Wally you are so very missed! Ruthie my heart breaks for you but we are all here for you!! There is so much love your way! Wally you were such a kind and loving person and I loved seeing your face every time I walked into the legion.


Merle Reed Walther Leander , Tx posted on 1/26/19

Ruthie, I send you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Wally. He will be missed by all who knew him, including myself. Post 610 lost a class "A" member with the passing of Wally. R.I.P.


sharon Cwalinski and Clarence (Lumpy) Brown posted on 1/26/19

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Wally was a classmate at Midpark of ours-fond memories.


Sherry Holz posted on 1/26/19

Ruthie I am so sorry for your loss!!! I will miss his smiling face and his hugs every time I saw him!! He was such a great man!! I adored him even when he was wearing his Pittsburgh Steelers stuff!! He fought the good fight and he’s now at peace!!


Terry Bigham, Trophies & Awards and Lois Bigham posted on 1/26/19

In memory of Walter E. "Wally" Ciokajlo, Terry Bigham, Trophies & Awards and Lois Bigham lit a candle


Terry Bigham, Trophies & Awards and Lois Bigham posted on 1/26/19

Wally, you will be missed by your family as well as your Forty & Eight family, Terry and I send our condolences and prayers to all.


Cheryl Earle (Stein) posted on 1/25/19

So sorry for the family's loss. I went to school with Wally and will remember him fondly.


Jean Matysiak posted on 1/25/19

Dear Ruth. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a true hero in his battle. Jeannie Matysiak, Parma Hts.


Cary Cox Grande Chef de Gare / Rick Williams Grande Correspondent du TN posted on 1/25/19

Our condolence for the lost of a fine Voyager and man. He was well respected and thought of by all who knew him.


melissa montagino posted on 1/25/19

I am so sorry to here of the loss. He fought the fight that is for sure. May you rest in peace dear walt.


Bob Molina Chef de Chemin de Fer 2012 posted on 1/25/19

Ruthie and Family Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Wally will be missed.


Michael and Joyce Robberstad posted on 1/25/19

Ruthie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and the world was a much better place with Wally here with us. Heaven has received a very special angel. He will be in our thoughts and prayers and bring a smile as well we remember our times together. All our love, Mike and Joyce Robberstad


Julie Vanatta posted on 1/25/19

He would tell us all stories from when he was in the Navy and how it sucked but it was worth it to take the time to be in it.


Chef de Chemin de Fer Rick Williams posted on 1/24/19

Ruthie and family, Wally will be missed by anyone that knew him. A kind man and good Voyager one of a few, an impossible task will be to fill his shoes. May the Lord give you comfort and peace during these times and in remembrances of the good times. My thoughts and payers be with you.


Mike Wood posted on 1/24/19

In memory of Walter E. "Wally" Ciokajlo, Mike Wood lit a candle


JOSEPH NOLAN posted on 1/24/19

Ruthie and Family My sincere condolence at your loss and mourning. Many veterans and other fraternal organizations will grieve the loss of a Great Man. Eternal Rest grant to Him Oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon Him.


John & Brenda Pizzo posted on 1/24/19

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Walt. He was a very good asset for the 40&8. He will be sorely missed. John & Brenda Pizzo V909 & C909 GA


Mike & Sandy Wood posted on 1/24/19

Wally's passing makes the world a little less bright, happy and considerate but it adds another angel to Heaven. He was a good Voyageur but more importantly, he was a good man, Wally will truly be missed but not forgotten. Ruthie, Sandy and I wish you the peace that brings comfort and courage to face the difficult days ahead and always remember just how very much you and Wally are loved by so many. "The Angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved one is safe in the hand of God." - Irish Proverb


Ron and Carol Rolfes posted on 1/24/19

Ruthie, Our Deepest Sympathy to you and the family on your loss. Wally was a true friend and a Great Man! He will truly be missed by La Societe and all other organizations he was involved in as well as the community. We are going to miss you and you won't be forgotten. God Speed my Brother.


Kim Furry posted on 1/24/19

Absolutely love Wally. Rest in peace you will be truly missed. My love and prayers for Ruthie.


John C. Murphy and Rose Webster posted on 1/24/19

Ruthie and Family, Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you on the loss of Wally. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. And in the words of Winnie the Pooh; "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you." May you now take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.


Robert and Patricia Grayshaw posted on 1/24/19

Sorry for your loss ! We will never forget him of all the good times at Post 610 and Convention trips in Dayton visiting 40/8 ! May he Rest In Peace and no longer in pain


Skip and bonnie posted on 1/24/19

Rest in peace fellow Swabby,May the seas be calm


Gary Chmura posted on 1/24/19

Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed by many Veterans that you helped


Doreen Nolan posted on 1/24/19

OMG Lopie I can't believe this. Wally was such a great man. I've reached out to him quite a few times trying to get us together again. My heart breaks for you. I'm so very sorry. Love you, Doreen


Manny & Sue Moutsios posted on 1/24/19

Wally, you will be ... And already are ... Very missed. God speed my friend😇


Manny & Sue Moutsios posted on 1/24/19

In memory of Walter E. "Wally" Ciokajlo, Manny & Sue Moutsios lit a candle


Sheila Rausch posted on 1/23/19

My prayers and sympathy. Really was a great man.


marcus leader posted on 1/23/19

In memory of Walter E. "Wally" Ciokajlo, marcus leader lit a candle


marcus leader posted on 1/23/19

you will be missed rip wally