Walter P. Dziewinski, 83, of Brookfield, died March 10, 2022 at LaGrange Hospital.
Mr. Dziewinski was born May 27, 1938 in Chicago and attended Kelley High School, where he was a member of the ROTC program. He served in the U.S. Marines as a radio operator.
He worked for 38 years in the catalog department at Sear Roebuck & Company, but was a band leader on the side. He was the founder/leader of the Debonaires Orchestra, which started out as a polka band, and later became a premier wedding/dance band in the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s.
Mr. Dziewinski was an avid 16-inch softball player and manager who was the founder and president of the Brookfield Men’s Softball Association and managed Bat n’ Brew to 13 championships. He was inducted into the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame as an organizer in 2019.
A lifelong, die-hard Chicago White Sox fan, Mr. Dziewinski also was president and secretary of the Sportsmen Bowling League and served as chairman of the Brookfield Parks and Recreation Board.
Mr. Dziewinski also worked for the LaGrange Police Department Parking Division and served on the Selective Service Board.
He was the husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Kubis) Dziewinski; the father of Renee (Kevin) Hesik and Brian (Wanona Rex) Dziewinski; the grandfather of Brenden and Sean Hesik, Eliza Rex, and Sarah and Richard Dziewinski; the brother of Patricia (Edward) Wieczorek and the late James Dziewinski; and an uncle, great-uncle and cousin to many.
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 15 at St. Francis Xavier Church, LaGrange, followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Justice.
Memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
Johnson-Nosek Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.
Online condolences, memories and photographs may be shared at JohnsonNosek.com.