Peter Lastiwka, 86, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 of a heart attack. Peter was born August 8, 1926 to Steven and Rose Lastiwka, Smokey Lake, Alberta, Canada. His father worked for the railroad and had a small farm.
Following his schooling he moved to Edmonton. Peter joined the Army but didn't even finish his basic training when the war ended, sending him back to Edmonton. Peter worked for T. Eaton Company in the display department. It was while he was at Eaton's that he met Natalie (Tallie) Bolstad and they were married August 2, 1950 at Svea Lutheran Church.
In May 1959 he moved his family to Albany, Ore. He immediately got a job as display advertising account executive at the Albany Democratic Herald. In 1961 Peter was hired by Sears in Salem as assistant manager in the visual advertising department. While in Albany, Peter joined the Albany Pipes and Drums as a drummer. In 1963 he was transferred to the Medford Sears store as visual advertising manager. Peter retired from Sears after 29 years with the company. In Medford he played drums with the Ashland Kilties, became a member of the Medford Lion's Club, and he was also a scout leader for many years.
Peter was always involved in his church. In Albany he belonged to Westminster Presbyterian Church. When he moved to Medford he transferred to Westminster Presbyterian Church where he helped teach Sunday school, was an Elder, and a member of the Church Facilities Committee and The Voyagers.
Peter was always a good friend and helper to family and friends. He loved his motorhome and he and Tallie traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. He enjoyed music, trains, model trains, train videos, and CDs.
Peter will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Tallie; son Mark (Marsha), living in Henderson, Nev.; granddaughter Kristy and grandson Matt, both in Maryland. Kristy is in research at Johns Hopkins and Matt is attending Air Traffic Controller school. Peter has two brothers, Mike (Sandra) and Paul, living in Canada; sister-in-law Arlene; 27 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Westminster Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund.
Services will take place at the end of July at the Westminster Presbyterian Church with a private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park.