Walter F. Siedlecki Sr., 79, Fells Point tavern owner

March 15, 2004

Walter F. Siedlecki Sr., a former Fells Point tavern owner, died March 8 at Union Memorial Hospital after being admitted with a urinary tract infection. He was 79 and lived in the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside neighborhood.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Siedlecki attended Mount St. Joseph High School but did not graduate because of asthma problems. He worked at a dental laboratory and for Glenn L. Martin Co. during World War II.

At age 17, he had begun helping to tend his father's bar on Aliceanna Street at South Washington Street, and he later helped other family members obtain an education. He eventually took over the business and called it Walt's Cafe.

"He was well-liked. He helped people; he did a lot of good," said his wife, the former Alma Wojciechowski, whom he married in 1952.

Mr. Siedlecki sold the tavern and retired in 1988, and he enjoyed fishing and running about in his small outboard motorboat.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at his parish of 26 years, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church on Harford Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rose Henry of Columbia; two sons, Dean Siedlecki of Ellicott City and Walter F. Siedlecki Jr. of Hamilton, Ohio; two sisters, Bernadine Biernat of Canton and Alberta Wysocki of Timonium; two brothers, Adolph Siedlecki Jr. of Overlea and Francis Siedlecki of Cockeysville; and five grandchildren.

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