Jan Anthony Walski, 75, of Lake Shastina, California, returned Home on April 11, 2018, following a short illness. He did all he could do this trip. He left the world a better place than he found it and as a better man for meeting his many challenges.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota on January 2, 1943, the eldest of three siblings, he graduated from Cathedral High School in 1961 and attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth for a while before deciding not to let training interfere with his education.
He ran away to sea and was the chief steward on the Mystic Whaler out of Mystic, Connecticut for several years, shuttling up and down the East Coast at ports between Mystic and the Virgin Islands.
He spent nearly 50 years managing various restaurants and kitchens in Florida, Minnesota, Maryland and Mt. Shasta, where he was cook/kitchen manager/driver for the Senior Nutrition Program at the time of his passing.
The ultimate “dog whisperer,” he volunteered his time at the Siskiyou Humane Society several times a week, playing with and socializing dogs.
He is survived by Sibyl, his wife of 45 years; his stepmother, Roberta Walski of Duluth, Minnesota; his sister, Jennifer Walski, PhD of Bordeaux, France; his sister, Sabrina (Evan) Walski-Easton, MD of Minneapolis, Minnesota; niece, Heather Wilkinson (Cisco) of Pasco, Washington; nephew, Keith Lowinske of New York City; uncle, Dennis Telega (Mary Lou) and family of Duluth, Minnesota; great-nephews, Corbin and Ethan of Pasco; and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Geraldine Telega and John Walski; his sister, Jane; his grandparents; and various aunts and uncles.
A Celebration of Life will be announced for sometime in May or June in Mt. Shasta.
In lieu of flowers, Jan would like to be remembered by donations to the Siskiyou Humane Society.