Walter Hrozenchik

        Walter Hrozenchik formerly of 289 Old Stagecoach Road in Ridgefield, CT died at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center on January 29, 2012.

         Mr. Hrozenchik was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 19, 1931, to Paul and Susan Hrozenchik of Sucany, Slovakia, and grew up in Greenwich, Conn. He moved to Ridgefield in 1962 to raise his family.

         He is survived by several sons and daughters: Elizabeth “Lisa” Kennedy of Bethel; Bruce Hrozenchik and his husband Vincent Samuolis of Guilford; Dr. Leah Dusett and her husband William of Natick, MA; Jason Wood of Denver, CO.; grandsons Michael and Nick Kennedy and Julian and Miles Walter Dusett.  He is predeceased by his wife Elspeth; two children, David Andrew Hrozenchik and Seda Louise Wood; son-in-law Richard “Chip” Kennedy;  a sister, Olga Tancredi and brothers Emil and William.

         He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S. Dixie. During his enlistment, he visited Hiroshima, Japan.  Witnessing the results of the nuclear explosion there was transformative for him. After his discharge, he attended University of Bridgeport, proudly completing his Bachelor’s degree at the age of 59 in 1990. Meanwhile, Mr. Hrozenchik and his late wife were founding members of St Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Ridgefield. He was employed as a designer by Nash Engineering in Norwalk, Conn. until his retirement in 1993.  Mr. Hrozenchik was a volunteer teacher at FCI, teaching job skills such as blueprint reading to prisoners.

         In the 1980, he was honored by The Christian Children’s Fund (now Childfund, International) for organizing his co-workers in sponsoring twenty-seven needy children. During the seventies, Mr. Hrozenchik also founded Our Kids Bible Society, which supplied bibles to children overseas.

         Motivated by his love of children and life itself, and informed by his visit to Hiroshima, Mr. Hrozenchik became involved in the local anti nuclear movement during the 1980s.  Deeply aware of the broader and deeper implications of militarism, Mr. Hrozenchik broadened his “mission” on several levels. He founded the Ridgefield branch of Veterans for Peace, later serving as head of its New England Chapter. He became a vegetarian at age 60.   Mr. Hrozenchik produced and frequently hosted the long-running local cable access television show” Earth Matters”, focusing on “Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment”.   In 2005, after successfully battling prostate cancer, he was one of four members invited to represent VFP at the United Nations Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations’ “Our Challenge: Voices for Peace, Partnerships and Renewal.”

        His letters and opinion pieces on various issues, from gun control, nuclear weapons, to military force, appeared frequently in local papers, and he was an active leader in area vigils seeking to heighten awareness of these topics. A strong, gentle man, he practiced more than he preached and was a kind and loving father and grandfather.

        A memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veterans for Peace National Headquarters, 216 South Meramec Ave. St. Louis MO  63105.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.

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