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5/20/2014 8:00:00 AM
Lillian E. Walter
March 16, 1922 - May 18, 2014

Lillian E. Walter 92, Rochester, passed away at 6 a.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

She was born on March 16, 1922, in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, the daughter of Cleo "Poodle" and Malita "Lydia" (Schlueter) Ruffer. On March 9, 1947, in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, she married Robert H. Walter Jr. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2000.

Mrs. Walter was a 1943 graduate of the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, Fort Wayne. She served as a First Lieutenant with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II stationed overseas with the 196th General Hospital and the 77th Field Hospital. After the war, she continued her career as a Registered Nurse working private duty nursing through the Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, served over twenty years with Woodlawn Hospital, and for Dr. P.D. Aluning's office in Rochester.

Mrs. Walter was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, where she had been active with the Lutheran Women's Mission League, a member of the Rochester Community School Board in the 1970s, American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society. In her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering with various organizations, playing cards, college basketball, especially following any Indiana schools, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds baseball, and loved to listen to music, especially Perry Como.

Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca "Becky" Walter, Carmel; two sons, Anthony R. "Tony" Walter, Rochester, and Brad E. Walter, Indianapolis; a grandson, Christopher A. Walter, Beech Grove; and a sister, Mary Louise and husband Norman Hesterman, Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donnell Ruffer, sisters, Lucille Murphy and Lois Travis.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson St. Rochester, with the Rev. Mel Meyer officiating. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson St., Rochester, and one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans' Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation or to St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be expressed at

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