Obituary of Walter Lata (1935 – 2022) – St. Augustine, FL


Walter James Lata died on March 7, 2022 surrounded by his family. Born in Manhattan, NY to parents Walter B.
Lata and Beatrice Monchinski on May 14, 1935, he was the elder of two sons. The family moved to Budd Lake, New Jersey
1947, where he completed his education.
Walter served in the US Army beginning September 2, 1959 and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. He
was a decorated marksman (rifle). After returning from the war he worked for companies such as Mineral Wool, Casio
Watch Co, Tiffany’s and Rovac. Walter later worked for the O’mealia Outdoor Advertising Company for many years
poster painter.
He enjoyed fishing, bingo and occasionally played a slot machine. As an avid soccer fan, his favorite team was the NY
Giants, and if he could avoid it, he never missed a game.
He was hardworking, kindhearted and an animal lover. With seven children, he didn’t have time for very many of them
traditional hobbies but loved rescuing animals such as dogs, cats, raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels and baby deer
(fawns), birds and other creatures. He also rescued and sheltered many different species of primates, such as:
Capuchin, woolly, baboon and spider monkeys.
Walter loved his family and was a devoted husband and father. Family time was important and he loved to play cards and
Board games with his family. Walter enjoyed eating out and exploring the small towns nearby. The family would
Meet for lunch or dinner, visit the local downtown area and then explore. In his earlier years he loved to forage and dig
for antique bottles, and at one time he had quite a collection. He also took the family to oldies concerts to see artists
like Chubby Checker, The Platters, The Temptations and The Shirelles. Walter always liked listening to oldies
Music from the 50’s and 60’s and he sat in the living room and sang along, tapping his fingers to the music. His
The absolute favorite was Elvis Presley.
Walter helped anyone in need and many times he opened his home to those who needed help along the way.
After his retirement, Walter moved to St. Augustine, Florida with his 51-year-old wife, Theresa Lata.
Theresa preceded him in death in 2015. He leaves behind a large family and will be greatly missed.
Brother: Edward Lata of Budd Lake, NJ. Four sons: Walter Lata of Budd Lake, NJ, George Lata of Reeders, PA, Stanley
Lata and Paul Kisner of St. Augustine, FL. Three daughters: Kimberly Gladding from Wind Gap, PA, Christine Gedinsky from
Staten Island, NY and Mary Lynn Kisner of Orlando, FL. Seven granddaughters: Jennifer Smith, Heather Lata, Rebecca
Lata, Holly Andrewsh, Crystal Shaw, Amanda Nyborg and Kacey Gedinsky. Three grandchildren: James Lata, John Lata,
and Chris Fargnoli. Four great-granddaughters: Caitlyn Shaw, Autumn Shaw, Jillian Shaw and Charlotte Nyborg. A
Great-great-granddaughter: Hayleigh Jackson. A niece: Denise Cairo. Two nephews: Edward Lata Jr. and Michael Lata,
and several great nieces and nephews and family members and friends.
Worship services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Craig Funeral Home at 1475 Old Dixie Highway, St.
Augustine, Florida. Flowers are gratefully accepted. Condolences can be expressed at

Posted by Craig Funeral Home on March 19, 2022.


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