Walt Pelstring, age 80, of Boca Raton, Florida passed away on Friday, April 20th at 6:30 p.m. after a long and fulfilling life. Born on October 21, 1931 in Philadelphia, Walt was the son of Catharine (Smith) and Walter A. Pelstring. As a teenager he moved to Hollywood, FL with his parents and siblings and was in the first graduating class of South Broward High School. After attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, he joined the Army and served honorably in Korea, where he earned a Bronze Star. In 1954, Walt began his 42 year career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna, his son Alan and his wife Janet, his daughter Wanda and her husband John Harrold, his four grandchildren, Samantha and Ryan Harrold and Bryce and Taylor Pelstring, one brother Bart Pelstring and his wife Sue, two sisters, Nancy Lewis and Shirley Schloss and her husband Ed Schloss. His sister, Kay Sanders and her husband Bob Sanders and his brother-in-law K.D. Lewis predeceased Walt. Walt was happiest when surrounded by his loving family.
Walt devoted much of his time to the Debbie Rand Memorial Service League at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, where as a volunteer he held positions of Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Vice President. In 2011, he was the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation/â€¨Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League nominee for the Florence Fuller Men with Caring Hearts Award.
His family and many friends will miss Walt. We will celebrate his life and accomplishments at a memorial gathering to be held at Glick Family Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on Thursday, April 26th at 11:00am.
Charitable donations may be made in Walt's memory to the following organization:
Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League
800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486