2018-06-14 / Obituaries

Walt, Sr. and Rita Fisk

June 3 and 6, 2018


Walt, Sr. and Rita Fisk Walt, Sr. and Rita Fisk Walt Fisk, Sr. married Rita Robinson on Aug. 11, 1956, and this was the beginning of a love story that lasted over 61 years. Walt entered Heaven on June 3, 2018, and it was only three days later when Rita was reunited with him on June 6, 2018.

Walt was born on June 9, 1937, to Bradley and Florence Fisk of Wyalusing. He graduated from Wyalusing High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. When he returned home, he worked in the Tool Room at Ingersoll-Rand in Athens, PA, where his hard work ethic earned him the position of Foreman. Even after his retirement from the IR, Walt loved to stay busy, backpacking, hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons. He also loved helping out at the Drake Farm in Litchfield. He is predeceased by his parents; brother, Doug Fisk, and son-in-law, Mike Kiefer. He is survived by his loving sisters, Shirley (and Ron) Poletto and Sharon Cavallo. Walt learned a love of the outdoors and hunting from his father. He boasted several trophy elk, mule deer and caribou. He was an accomplished carpenter and enjoyed building houses with his son, Walt, Jr. in the Valley and the Wyalusing Area. He loved telling stories about his family, hunting and fishing. He loved horses and raised and showed his own with his granddaughter, Shannon.

Rita was born on Aug. 6, 1937, to Earl and Lillian Robinson of Athens. She graduated from Athens High School and was an accomplished athlete. Rita became the first female car salesperson in the Valley. She retired from Citizens & Northern Bank as Vice-President of Loan Operations and was an active member of the Business & Professional Women’s organization in the Valley. She is predeceased by her parents; her beloved brother, Danny Robinson and her sister, Joyce Cox. Rita is survived by her loving sisters, Rose (and the late Chuck) Ellis and Judy (and David C.) Wilkerson, along with her sister-in-law, Cathy Robinson. Rita was the navigator on their travels and made sure that they reached their destinations. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the countryside. She loved correcting Walt’s stories about their family, hunting, and fishing. Rita was an avid NY Yankee fan and the greatest fan of Derek Jeter. She loved to listen to Patsy Cline music. As a grandmother, Rita showered her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren with unconditional love and affection.

Walt and Rita are loving and devoted parents of Jody (and the late Mike Kiefer) and Walt, Jr. (and Kathy) Fisk. They are the loving grandparents of Jody’s children, Shannon Richer, Samantha Kiefer, and Mikey (and Caroline) Kiefer, all of Syracuse. They are the proud grandparents of Walt, Jr.’s sons, Josh Fisk of Wyalusing and Matt (and Tonette) Fisk of Boone, NC.

They loved their great grandchildren dearly, Leah, Noah, and Eva Joy Fisk, Forrest Walter Fisk, Ian Richer, Dax, Brax and Jax Kiefer. These children were the lights of their lives and could always expect a musical card for their birthdays from Grammy and Papa.

Walt and Rita have many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Most recently, they spoke often about the wonderful memories they had with these family members.

Rita and Walt were always together. They were avid wrestling fans, starting with Walt, Jr.’s high school and college matches, continuing with Josh and Matt’s elementary, high school and college wrestling careers. They were die-hard Wyalusing Ram wrestling fans, traveling everywhere in green and gold. They loved NY Yankee baseball, Fox News, the History Channel and hunting and fishing shows. They were true Patriots and taught their family love of God and country.

Both Walt and Rita loved hunting, fishing and playing cards. They enjoyed family trips to Canada and Cape Cod over the years. They loved going out to eat with family and friends. Their greatest love was their family, but their love for one another was unparalleled. In life, and in death, they are an inspirational love story, and we are blessed to know that they are now in the arms of Jesus.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the Athens Wesleyan Church, 3903 Wilawana Road, Sayre.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either of Walt and Rita’s most-loved charities: Wounded Warrior Project ( www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Shriners Hospitals for Children (www.lovetotherescue.org). For those attending the service, donation forms will be available.

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