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In Memoriam: Walter Spilka

Retired admissions administrator dies

Walter Spilka, who worked in undergraduate admissions at the University of Delaware, died at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Feb. 14, 2017. He was 91.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Spilka had a second career at UD, retiring in 1991 as assistant director of undergraduate admissions after 26 years at the University.

Born on Dec. 26, 1925, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, he entered the U.S. Army in January 1944 and was deployed to Europe. After the end of World War II, he met and married Anneliese Baum.

Remaining in the Army, the couple moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia. Following duty assignments in Korea, Japan and Massachusetts, the family settled in Wilmington after 21 years of active duty service.

Mr. Spilka is survived by his son, Walter, daughter, Susan O'Hara (Tom), his sisters, Marion Sosnowski and Joan Spilka, his brother, Russell, and two grandchildren, Katherine O'Hara and Patrick O'Hara. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anneliese. They were married for 55 years.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, March 1, at McCrery and Harra Funeral Homes, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. After the viewing, Mr. Spilka will be buried in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.

Condolences may be left online.

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