Monsignor Louis F. Walter
1902-1965


Obituary:  Ohio newspaper

The death of Very Rev. Msgr. Louis F. Walter, 63, a native of Wilkes-Barre, occurred this morning (26 April 1965) at 12:15 in Mercy Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. He was the pastor of St. Wendelin's Roman Catholic Church, Fostoria, Ohio.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on January 15, 1902, Monsignor Walter was a son of the late Jacob H. Walter and Mathilda Schappert Walter. He was graduated from St. Nicholas Parochial School, city, and studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, Ohio. He was ordained to the Priesthood June 2, 1928 by the late Cardinal Stritch in Columbus, Ohio.

Upon his ordination, he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church, Sandusky, Ohio. He later served as pastor of St. Michael's Church, Put-In-Bay, Ohio, and St. Casimir's Church at Wauseon, Ohio. In 1959, he was appointed pastor of St. Wendelin's Church.

In January, 1964, he was elevated by Pope Paul VI to the rank of Papal Chamberlin with the title of Very Reverend Monsignor and was invested in the Holy Robes on March 16, 1964, in Rosary Cathedral, Toledo, Ohio, by His Excellency Bishop George Rehring.

Monsignor Walter is survived by three brothers, Edward J. and Frederick C., both of Wilkes-Barre, and Joseph J., a member of the Kingston Police Department; five sisters, Mrs. Regina Fischer of Weston, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Everhart, Hatboro; Mrs. Kathleen Brady, Wilkes-Barre; Miss Alberta Walter, Washington, D.C.; and Mrs. Ruth Dwyer, Scranton. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A brother, Paul, of Berlin, Conn., died on January 10, 1965.

 
Second obituary:  Wilkes-Barre newspaper:  

Monsignor Walter Is Mourned Here
A little more than a year ago, the community rejoiced with St. Nicholas Roman Catholic parish on South Washington Street when the news was received that Pope Paul VI had elevated the Rev. Louis F. Walter, pastor of St. Wendelin's Church, Fostoria, Ohio, to the rank of Papal Chamberlain with the title of Very Reverend Monsignor.

Yesterday, another message came and there was sadness where joy had reigned because it bore tidings of his death.

Monsignor Walter was one of more than a score of young men from St. Nicholas Church to enter the priesthood, many of whom served in other dioceses. After he completed his studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, he was ordained for the Diocese of Toledo where he labored unselfishly for 36 fruitful years before death overtook him.

Widely know as an administrator and orator, as well as a spiritual leader, Monsignor Walter devoted his entire career to parish work except for excursions through the Middle West addressing gatherings of the Knights of Columbus, his principal extracurricular activity.

The recognition he received from ecclesiastical superiors attests to the high regard in which he was held as a result of his dedicated service to God and man far from his native Wilkes-Barre.


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