Walter S. Soliwoda

June 30, 1922 - October 30, 2019 West Grove, PA | Age 97 Loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend.

WALTER S. SOLIWODA, age 97, of West Grove, PA, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Ware Presbyterian Village. He was the husband of Helen Galloway Soliwoda, who passed away in 2015, and with whom he shared 72 years of marriage.

Born in Williamsburg, MA, he was the son of the late John Soliwoda and the late Rose Dombkowski Soliwoda.

Walt graduated from Haaren High School, in Midtown Manhattan, New York, in 1940 and immediately joined the military. He served in the United States Army as 1st Lieutenant from 1940 through 1945. He was a World War II veteran. During that time Walt served in The European Theater under General George Patton’s 3rd Army serving in England, Belgium, France and Germany.

After serving in the military he graduated from the West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University) on a GI bill and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Delaware.

He was a high school teacher of Social Studies, Problems of Democracy and World History, etc. at the Kennett Consolidated School District for 30 years, retiring in 1979. After his retirement he worked at the Chester County Court House, Clerk of Courts Office, and was secretary for London Grove Township for many years.

He was a devoted member of the West Grove Presbyterian Church, joining in 1947 and being active for 72 years. He was ordained as an Elder in 1954 and served as a Deacon from 1952 – 1954. He also served on the Nominating Committee and a Pastor Search Committee. He taught the Men’s Sunday School class and was cofounder of the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Committee.

He loved traveling with his wife and was able to visit places near and far including Europe, the Holy Land, Alaska, Hawaii and much of the western United States.

He is survived by two sons, Wesley Soliwoda and his wife Evelyn of West Grove, PA and Gary Soliwoda and his wife Andrea of West Grove, PA; one daughter, Elaine Rhodewalt of Sandy, UT; seven grandchildren, Cindy Hazewski (Thomas), Lynn DiFilippo (Rico), Stefan Rhodewalt, Lauren Rhodewalt, Jordan Ellis (Joseph), Ryan Soliwoda, Devin Soliwoda, Colby Soliwoda and four great-grandchildren, Justin, Kaylee, Jacob and Joseph.

Walt was predeceased by three sisters and seven brothers.

You are invited to visit with Walt’s family and friends from 10:00 to 11:00 on Saturday morning, November 23, 2019 at the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W Evergreen Street, West Grove, PA 19390. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11 AM. He will be laid to rest privately, beside his wife at the Faggs Manor Presbyterian Cemetery in Cochranville, PA.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the West Grove Presbyterian Church or City Gate Mission, 17 N. 7th Ave, Coatesville, PA 19320.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home, West Grove, PA. (610.869.2685)

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Memorial Donations

West Grove Presbyterian Church

139 West Evergreen Street
West Grove, PA 19390

City Gate Mission

17 North 7th Avenue
Coatesville, PA 19320



November 23, 2019 10:00-11:00 West Grove Presbyterian Church
139 W Evergreen Street
West Grove, PA 19390

Memorial Service

November 23, 2019 11:00 West Grove Presbyterian Church
139 W Evergreen Street
West Grove, PA 19390


He will be laid to rest privately, beside his wife at the Faggs Manor Presbyterian Cemetery in Cochranville, PA.


  1. My father Ed Fitzkee has spoken so highly of Walt for many years. My best memory of him was a hospital visit he made to see Dad after his stroke. Walt had such kind concern for Dad and asked that they pray together. It was a beautiful show of friendship between two men who had so much in common.

    Diane Fitzkee | November 15, 2019 at 12:48 AM
  2. I’m sorry to hear about Mr. Soliwoda’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man and a good teacher. More importantly, he and Helen were great friends to my parents, Ed and Nancy Fitzkee. I remember hearing of their travels together, and they have fond memories of those trips and both of your parents.

    Janice Fitzkee Brown | November 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM
  3. With fond memories of a teacher and leader who help form the foundation of my life. I respected his skills, faith and deep love of our country as an Army Officer in WW II and a faculty member at KHS. Please accept our deepest sympathy for a man well respected by those of us he taught and led into life. Steve Loeffler, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy(Ret) KHS Class of 1964

    Stephen R. Loeffler | November 5, 2019 at 7:28 PM
  4. A kind and friendly pillar of the church,iwas blessed to worship with and know walt.sorry for your loss.tom McLaughlin.

    tom mclaughlin | November 4, 2019 at 10:36 AM
  5. So sorry for your loss.
    Lisa Berdoulay.

    Lisa Berdoulay | November 3, 2019 at 3:09 PM
  6. Gary, So sorry to hear about your fathers passing. Pretty cool he was a WWII veteran serving our country, something to be proud of.
    He led a good long healthy life with your Mom. Be and peace knowing they are in heaven together again.

    Michael J. Conner | November 3, 2019 at 12:08 PM
  7. wes your moher and father will be toghter again for ever god bless them

    jack brown | November 3, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    alfred l lewis | November 2, 2019 at 9:15 PM
  9. Walter Soliwoda was one of God’s servants that helped me on my path to a Christian life. I will always be grateful to him. He was an outstanding example for the young people. My prayers are with his children and families as they celebrate his life here on earth. Martha Jane Lamborn Mister

    Martha J Mister | November 2, 2019 at 8:59 PM
  10. A lovely tribute to a fine gentleman. I have many memories of Walt. His smile was something special. His faith was a lamp. My heartfelt sympathy to all the family.

    Diana Werner | November 2, 2019 at 5:44 PM
  11. RIP Mr. Soliwoda you were a very good teacher. A student

    arlene j goodwin | November 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM

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