A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 11 at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. Maryís Chapel, in Random Lake for Walter Buchel of Random Lake. Walter died early Friday morning on Dec. 8, 2006 at his residence at the age of 83. The Rev. Richard Cerpich celebrated the Mass and visitation was held at the church prior to the service. Burial took place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington assisted the family with arrangements.
Walter was born on July 10, 1923 in Balzers, Liechtenstein, son of Joseph and Magdelena Nigg Buchel. Walterís father, Joseph, was the cook for the prince of Liechtenstein. Walter was the youngest of eight brothers and two sisters and grew up in the castle kitchen. Six of the brothers became chefs. One brother stayed in Liechtenstein. Another went to West Bend. In 1950, Walter and his brothers Gene, Louis and Werner opened the Alpine Village Inn in Mequon in 1950.
On Sept. 16, 1952, Walter married Irmgard Handschel in Milwaukee. Eight years later, Walter and his brother Gene opened Club Riverside in Mequon. After that restaurant was sold, Walter and his wife Irmgard started Buchelís Colonial House Inn in Port Washington in 1976. In 1984, their son Joe and his wife Susie took over the restaurant (which they sold last year).
Walter was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish and he enjoyed stamp collecting and gardening.
Walter is survived by his wife Irmgard; children Joseph (Susie) Buchel of Cedarburg and Lori (Jeff) Hubing of Random Lake; grandchildren Benjamin, Danielle, Christopher and Megan; and his brother Joseph of West Bend.
Walter was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
The family wishes to thank Ann Wick, Theresa Mueller, Cindy Josephson, Jenny Arndt, Suzanne Biedenbender and Nadine Huiras for their special care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Random Lake Fire Department or Heartland Hospice are appreciated.