April 27, 1933 to February 7, 2022 (88 years old)
Walter Czyzewski (“Ski”) was born to Gustav and Eleanor (Piekarz) Czyzewski and grew up in Ridgefield, NJ. He went to St. Cecilia High School and graduated from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) in 1954. He served honorably in the Army as a radio operator from 1954 to 1956. In 1958, he married his beautiful wife Audrey Pieroni and they raised their family in Washington Township, NJ before retiring to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, in 1988.
Walter had an entrepreneur spirit and spent most of his career in the restaurant industry. He was a wonderful chef, loved entertaining and often cooked up seafood feasts for his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, gold prospecting, photography, painting and gardening. He had the heart of an adventurer and made many trips to Montana, North Carolina, Alaska, the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands. He was generous to all his family and friends--always offering help, willing to lend an ear and offer advice, mentoring on business opportunities, and giving of his time, our most precious commodity. He was a genuine and loving person to all.
Walter will be greatly missed by his loving children, Robin Sheffler, Ronald Czyzewski, and Jeffrey Czyzewski and wife Jennifer, as well as his cherished grandchildren, Richard Sheffler III, Christine and husband Brandon Swartzentruber, Jeffrey Czyzewski, Cameron Czyzewski, Janel Czyzewski, and Corey Czyzewski and wife Katherine, and seven precious great-grandchildren. He is fondly remembered and will be missed by his sisters-in-law Genevieve Harvel and Jeanne Pieroni, his nieces and nephews, and dearest friends Louis and Jane Pesce.
Walter was met at the gates of heaven by family and friends, with his beloved wife Audrey first in line, his older brother Leo Czyzewski and sister-in-law Ann, his brother-in-law Ronald Pieroni, his sister-in-law Claire and her husband Richard Lee, his friend and fellow-adventurer, Donald Wieder, and his buddy and fellow-painter Pete Pesce.
Please join the family in honoring and celebrating Walter’s life on Saturday, March 5, from 10 am to 12 pm at Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery. The funeral will be held privately when Walter is brought to rest with Audrey at Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Community Hospice of Jacksonville, FL.