June 9, 1925 ~ March 22, 2020
Born in: San Mateo , California
Resided in: Fremont, California
Walter Louis Fasolis Sr. passed away at his home on March 22, 2020 surrounded by family.
Walt was born in San Mateo, California on June 9th, 1925 to Michael and Esther Fasolis and was raised in Alvarado by Esther and his beloved Step-Father Mike Gardetto. He left Washington High School early to join the Navy in April of 1943. His mother received his Diploma at the graduation ceremony. He was discharged while serving aboard the USS Red Oak Victory. After the war he went to work at Leslie Salt Co., retiring 43 years later in 1989.
A long time Musician, Walt became a talented accordion player at a young age, joined Musicians Union Local 510, and had his own combo with his brother Andy on Saxophone. A dance combo well known in the Bay Area and beyond.
Walt was very involved in community affairs, being President of Centerville Lions Club and instrumental in starting clubs in Newark, Union City, and South Fremont. He was President of the Newark Chamber of Commerce, President of the St. James Episcopal Men’s Club, Treasurer of Washington Township Men’s Club (25yrs), and belonged to many local clubs and organizations including the Fremont Elks.
Walt leaves behind his loving wife of seventy years, Genevieve (Mello), and their two children Walt Jr. and Steven (Denise) of Fremont; his three grandchildren Michael (Emi) & Matthew (Kristie) Fasolis, and Nicole (Josh) Feemster, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Mike Gardetto; and brothers Andy and Arnold Gardetto.
The family wants to thanks Agnes Perez for her loving care of Walter for the last Two years and discussing all things Warriors. She is now a Forty Niners fan because of him.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in Walt’s honor can be made to St. John Marie’s Pantry P.O Box 3276 Fremont CA 94539, or a favorite charity of choice.