648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
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Joseph Walne

Joseph V. "Uncle Joe" Walne

Monday, May 22nd, 1933 - Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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Joseph V. “Uncle Joe” Walne, 87, longtime Auburn resident, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Tuesday July 7, 2020.

Born and raised in Worcester, he was one of three boys born to the late Peter and Mary (Lapinskas) Walne. Uncle Joe attended and graduated from South High School and Worcester Boys’ Trade, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He served proudly for several years, until his honorable discharge. Returning to Massachusetts, Joe settled in Auburn, the town that he would call ‘home’ for the next sixty years. He began working at Table Talk Pies as a custodian, later working at George J. Meyer Manufacturing Company. Joe dedicated many years of his career as custodian to the Auburn School District, and retired from Auburn High School.

He especially enjoyed fishing, visiting casinos, and traveling to Las Vegas.

Uncle Joe, as he was affectionately known, leaves behind his niece, Caryl A. Walne of Oxford; his nephew, Peter J. Walne and his wife Anna, also of Oxford; two great nephews, Philip Walne of Maryland, and Christopher Walne of Oxford. In addition to both of his parents, Joe was predeceased by his brothers, Charles Lapinskas and Donald Walne; and his longtime companion, Shirley Flynn.

Joe received Meals on Wheels for many years and would like to show appreciation through memorial donations to the Friends of the Auburn Senior Center Association (FASCA), 4 Goddard Drive, Auburn, MA 01501, or to Elder Services of the Worcester Area (ESWA), 67 Millbrook Street, Worcester, MA 01606.

A graveside service for Uncle Joe will be held privately for his family. The BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA is honored to be assisting with arrangements.
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Carl Wicklund

Posted at 07:24pm
My name is Carl Wicklund and I worked with "uncle" Joe for 18 years at George J. Meyer Co., in West Boylston. Joe was a great guy and a very good draftsman working on machine parts for brewery labeling machines. He sat two drawing boards away from me for 15 years. He was quiet most of the time but did have a boisterous laugh when the mood struck him. I considered him a friend and we never had a disagreement in all the years we worked together.
His soft spot was for Shirley who worked in the blueprint room of the drafting department. You could always find Joe talking to Shirley. She was a sweet and quiet person and always pleasant just like Joe. No one ever knew they were seeing each other and kept it a secret between themselves. They seemed to compliment each other.
I am sorry for your loss, but Joe is in a better place with his sweetheart, looking down at us all!

Aldona Lapinskas Affleck

Posted at 03:08pm
Joe was my cousin and our families spent many hours together, especially on Sundays. Joe would drive his mother to church and then stop at our house to visit, maybe have some coffee and a bulkie or bagel. He liked to tell the story of the family painting project. Our house was a three-decker and we painted the outside ourselves when money was tight. The interesting part was the really high third floor. Joe was on the staging to paint the top floor when the thing began to rock and sway. He turned to see what was happening and my mother, no spring chicken at that time, was climbing out of a window to paint with him. Joe tried to talk her into going back in. After some lengthy back and forth, she relented and went back in, called it a day for the painting. So the other painters went home. They were no sooner out of sight and she was back out on the scaffolding painting away. Joe had a heart of gold, always willing to help. His sense of humor, and twitchy little smile brightened any day. I will miss you Joe.

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