Walter Roy Matschulat
Sept. 3, 1921 – Sept. 19, 2011
Walter Roy Matschulat found peace surrounded by his loving family Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Wally was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Milwaukee, to the late Otto and Minnie Matschulat.
He was the dearly beloved husband for 68 years of Bunny (nee Ethel Bunyan). Bunny and Wally were friends since the second grade when they had to stay after school for a “ruler fight” and continued their relationship to become life-long soul mates.
Wally was the loving father of James (Mabel) Matschulat of Lyme, Conn., Gayle (Al) Kryger of Cortland, N.Y., Lynda (Paul Glass) Dahlke of Waukesha and Debbie (Tom) Malloy of Brookfield. He was the loving grandfather of Jaime (Geoff) Mason of Boston, Tracie (Peter) Nettesheim of Evanston, Ill., James S. Matschulat of Paris, France, T.W. Malloy, Jerry Malloy, Nick Malloy, Christopher Malloy and Jessica Malloy of Brookfield. He is further survived by his great-granddaughter, Alice Mason of Boston. Wally is also lovingly remembered by many friends, relatives and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon.
Wally attended Marquette University and UWM while working full time contributing to wartime efforts in the U.S. Navy on Guam. He began his long career in the foundry industry in 1940 and retired as the president of Waukesha Foundry in 1987. He was active in numerous trade organizations, including serving as the past president of the Wisconsin Chapter and a national director of the American Foundrymen’s Society, a past president and director for the Steel Founder’s Society of America, a member of the American Legion and a member of the Brookfield Rotary Club, who received the Paul Harris Fellowship. Wally was a 50-year member of the Elmbrook Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Tripoli Shrine. He was a longtime member of Merrill Hills Country Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, sports (Packers and Brewers), carpentry, traveling and dancing with his wife. He was blessed with great tenacity and a sense of humor, a love of nature, but most of all, he was a devoted husband, a loving father and an amazing grandfather who centered his life on family, his love of his country and his faith.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. Masonic service Friday, Sept. 30, at Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave., Brookfield, under the auspices of Elmbrook Lodge No. 354 F. & A.M., followed by religious services. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
In celebration of Wally’s life, we ask that you joyfully celebrate the gift of your own family, or memorials directed to 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 (www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org), are appreciated.
His strong will touched us all, instilling perseverance, togetherness and love. His smile, humor and love will be with us forever. May he now rest in God’s loving care.
Becker Ritter Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 782-5330 or visit online at www.BeckerRitter.com.