Walter peacefully entered his heavenly home on Wednesday,April 4, 2001 at the age of 86. Walter joined the National Guard and later enlisted into the Army and served in World War II in the South Pacific from 1940 until 1945. After returning from the war he met and later married Marie (Arndt) on August 30, 1947. He retired from Marathon Paper in 1980. Walter loved gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Walter is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Edward) Grissom, Combined Locks and Patsy (Lawrence John) Enger, Appleton; two sons, Thomas Nienke, Kaukauna and James Nienke, Waupaca; four grandchildren, Eric and Adam Grissom, Andrew and Daniel Enger; a great-granddaughter, Sasha Enger; a sister, Anne (Lee) Nelson, Menasha; a brother-in-law, Merrill Meyer, Appleton; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other friends and relatives.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Herman; his wife, Marie; and six sisters, Eden Jarchow, Lillian Demand, Ella Leileau, Irma Elmer, Esther Nienke, and Mildred Rindt; and five brothers, Arthur, Harry, Clarence, Louis, and Elmer.
The funeral liturgy will be on Saturday, April 7, 2001 at 1 p.m. at ST. MATTHEW EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH (129 S. Mason Street) with Rev. David F. Pagel and Vicar Joe Christina officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at the church from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.
Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park with military honors.
A special thank you to the staff at Century Oaks and St. Paul Home for their care and support.