Walter O. "Ozzie" Samoska

Walter O. “Ozzie” Samoska age 91 of Maryville, IL, born March 28, 1924 in West Frankfort, IL, passed away at 10:05am on Friday February 12, 2016 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Ozzie retired after thirty five years as a general foreman for the former B & O Railroad. He was a Navy veteran, and a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, IL.  In his earlier years he enjoyed fast pitch softball, and later on golf was a passion of his as was gardening.  Ozzie spent years taking care of his wife Bernice, and they were nominated Valentine King and Queen 2016 at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehab. He loved spending time with family and grandchildren, he always had a smile on his face and he will be dearly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; George J. and Eva nee Lankutis Samoska, a son Wally Samoska, three brothers; John, Alban, and George Samoska, and a sister; Anne Babka.

He is survived by his wife Bernice nee Reiniger Samoska whom he married October 22, 1949, two daughters; Victoria (Rick) Gurley of Maryville, IL, and Christine (Larry) Maggio of Maryville, IL, a son; Stanley (Deborah) Samoska of Glen Carbon, IL, six grandchildren; Amy (Kyle Sombke) Gurley of Monmouth, IL, Jeffrey (Michelle) Samoska of Denver, CO, Zach (fiance’ Logan Thiel) Maggio of Maryville, IL, Taylor Maggio of Maryville, IL, Adam and Sarah Samoska of Glen Carbon, IL, two great grandchildren; Jake and Luke, two sisters; Pauline Samoska and  Bernice (Norman) Sackett both of Albuquerque, NM, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3pm to 7pm on Monday February 15, 2016 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville, IL. Prayer service will be at 3pm on Monday.

Funeral mass will be at 10am on Tuesday February 16, 2016 at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, with Father Joseph Havrilka celebrant.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairview Heights, IL with navy military honors.

Memorial may be made to Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.








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