Walter Louis Fasolis Sr.

walter fasolis sr.

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.

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Memories Timeline


  1. CandleSending prayers to my Aunt Gen and cousins Walt and Steve. The oldest son and mentor to his younger brothers Andy and Arnold, They are together again in Heaven.

  2. My heart goes out to the Fasolis Family. Truly blessed to have know. Mr. Fasolis. Love to you all.

  3. CandleTo the Fasolis family: Knowing Mr. Fasolis has been one of the highlights of my life. From the river club to the golf course, such a gentleman. I will always remember him fondly
    Charles & Renee Stephenson Jr.

  4. I’m at a loss for words. As the first great grandchild I can confidently say my heart has a special place for Pop. When I had the absolute pleasure of seeing him he was always very happy to see me. He took lots of pictures (which I hated growing up as a kid) but now I’ve learned to appreciate and love every single one. Pop, Rest In Peace and I love you very much.

  5. To the Fasolis Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. To the Fasolis Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. To the Fasolis Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.

  8. CandleMy deepest condolences to you and your family during this tough time Brother Steve Fasolis.
    Rest in peace Mr. Walter Louis Fasolis Sr.

  9. CandleMy sincere condolences to the Fasolis family. Walt Sr. lived a full life and I’m pretty sure touched so many lives with his endeavors. May he Rest In Peace and our prayers go to the whole family. He will be missed.

  10. CandleSo sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My condolences to you and your family at this time. Prayers 🙏 are sent your way ❤️❤️

  11. CandleYou are all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers during this difficult time. I remember Walt Sr. helping me with my science project and getting to learn about some of his time at the Leslie Salt Co. Having him share some of those memories and photos with me was very special. May he Rest In Peace and be reunited with those who have passed. Love you all.

  12. Saroj and I send our sincere condolences to you Genevieve, Walt and Steve. Walter traveled a sterling path through his life, may he forever Rest In Peace.

  13. CandleSaroj and I send our deepest condolences to you Genevieve, Walt and Steve. Walter traveled a sterling path during his long life, may he forever Rest In Peace.

  14. CandleWalter was a wonderful man, very witty and pleasant, enjoyed his company so much over the years with him and his friends. We all love you Walt, take care in heaven, say hi to your pal David Priego up there.

  15. Sorry for your loss I remember Uncle Walt fondly. Hope him and dad are together making music again.

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