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Walter Edward Sowa

Walter Edward Sowa, age 96, US Army Veteran of Chicago's West Town neighborhood, at rest February 8, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Sydelle (2015). Loving father of Scott Sowa and Carole (Donald) Kash. Cherished grandfather of Helen and Andrew. Dear brother of Mary (the late Raymond) Garrison. Walter was preceded in death by several brothers. Retired CPS teacher. Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.


Walter Sowa was one of the greatest influences in my life. He was my English teacher and world literature teacher at Lakeview high School. I often tell people that I only had two good teachers the entire time I was in school and Walter was one of them. He was a truly unique and special, gifted, and talented individual that understood how to effectively teach others to learn successfully. My sympathies for his family and loved ones. I just want you to know what a truly special man he was and the tremendous positive impact that he had on my life. I will always remember what Walter taught me and will always be forever grateful for the lessons he imparted upon me. I am truly saddened that his loss but I am forever grateful for knowing him.

Joe Reise May 29 2021 8:41 AM

What an excellent English teacher. We were always afraid of him but in that fear, we all learn more than we thought. Sadly, we can never tell people how much they helped us until it is too late. Thank you!!

stephen clarke 71 LV Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I had Mr. Sowa for my World Literature class at Lake View High School. He was a tough teacher but I learned so very much from him. May he rest in peace.

Patty Feb 14 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Sowa family, sorry for your loss.
I had Mr Sowa in the late sixties for English at Lake View High School. He was an excellent teacher. I learned a lot from him. I will never forget Mr Sowa's English class! Thanks for the memories, Mr Sowa. Rest in peace.

Marie Feb 14 2021 12:00 AM