Walter J. Chmielewski, 87

At the age of 87, Walter J. Chmielewski finally found peace on March 
14, 2012, under the loving care of the Horizon Hospice staff at St. 
Maryís Ozaukee Hospital.  Family and friends celebrated his life at 
the Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg, on Friday, March 16, 2012, 
officiated by Father Mike Barrett. Entombment took place at 
Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon.

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Walter was born on Sept. 11, 1924, in Granville (now Milwaukee) and 
grew up on a farm with seven brothers and three sisters.  Deferment 
from military service enabled four of his brothers to serve in World 
War II, while Walter and his brother, Frank, maintained the farm.
After marrying Dorothy Casper in 1952, Walter was employed by Rowe 
Sand and Gravel, eventually becoming part owner. This work allowed 
him to realize his appreciation of nature and time spent in the out-
of-doors. Passing along his love of nature to his daughters was very 
important to him. Throughout life, he possessed a youthful spirit, 
participating in various outdoor sports with his daughters.
Shortly after celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Walterís 
wife, Dorothy, died. Thirteen years later, he met and married his 
current wife, Dolores. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling and 
spent winters in Florida and Arizona. Due to health complications, 
they remained in Wisconsin for the past two winters, where Dolores 
lovingly and patiently took care of him as his health declined. With 
her loving heart, Walter was able to enjoy extended years of life, 
with Dolores always by his side.

Walter was a devoted grandfather and great-grandfather, delighting in 
visits from family and friends, on whom he practiced his sense of 
humor and joke-telling ability.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Dolores (nee 
Gooding-Cupples) Chmielewski.  He was the dear father of Frances 
(Dan) Rudolph and Lynn Zirbes; stepfather of John Gooding; 
grandfather of Jerome Zirbes III, Nicholas Rudolph and Matthew 
Rudolph, and step-grandsons, Michael Gooding and Joseph A. Gooding; 
great-grandfather of Anika Preder, Jackson Gooding and Vincent 
Zirbes. He is further survived by his sister, Betty Johnson; brother, 
John J. Cameron; sister-in-law, Joyce (the late Frank) Chmielewski; 
brother-in-law, James Sedivy; son-in-law, Jerome Zirbes; nieces, 
nephews, other relatives and friends.

"Dad, we hope they havenít already heard your jokes in heaven."

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg is serving the family.