Walter J. Kelsch, of Pekin, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in his home under the care of his family and Niagara Hospice. He was born in Town of Amherst, NY on July 8, 1919, a son of the late Edward J. and Genevieve (Pfohl) Kelsch.
Mr. Kelsch attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and graduated from Williamsville High School in 1938. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army with the 244th Combat Engineers during World War II in the European Theater. Walter married Mary Jane Bloomstine on April 19, 1941 and moved to Pekin in 1948 after building their home. Trained as a carpenter, he became a machine millwright at DuPont in Niagara Falls for 38 years, before retiring in 1977, a job he greatly enjoyed. He was a member of the Niagara Falls Employees Union with DuPont and served as chairman on various union committees at DuPont for over 20 years. Walter was a member of the DuPont Retiree's and St. John de LaSalle Church, before joining Immaculate Conception Parish where he was a Trustee, Usher, severed on the Parish Council and a member of the Holy Name Society. He with his wife, had a small grape vineyard and for over 20 years after retiring from DuPont, sold his produce at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market. Mr. Kelsch will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend, always willing to help anyone in need, without asking for anything in return. His faith in God and his love for his wife were the cause for his peace of mind and joy in a simple life.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters, Donna Kelsch, SSC of Sanborn and Sharon Patton of Toledo, OH; and his former son-in-law, Terry Patton. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late David Kelsch; brother of the late N. Kermit, Allen and Louis Kelsch and Irma Lamn.
The family will be present on Friday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:30 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville, NY, with the Rev. Joseph P. Badding officiating. Memorials may be made in his name to Immaculate Conception Church or to Niagara Hospice. Interment with Military Honors in North Ridge Cemetery, Town of Cambria, NY.
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