Walter Thomas Giehl
Walter Thomas Giehl
On the morning of July 7, 2016, Walter, age 85, passed away peacefully of natural causes. Born to Lina and Andreas Giehl, he was the youngest of seven children. He grew up in Roebling, New Jersey, and was a life-long resident of Hamilton, New Jersey.
Walter graduated high school and enlisted in the U. S. Navy and became a U. S. Naval Firefighter. He enjoyed his time in the military, making a point of seeing all he could wherever his service took him. He visited France, Italy, the Isle of Malta and other places. On a two-hour stopover in London, just to enjoy the beautiful English countryside, he walked one hour as far as he could before returning by the same route to catch his flight.
Walter was a Firefighter in Washington, D.C. before his discharge from the U.S. Navy. After his service in the Navy, Walter worked for Congoleum Corporation for 46 years and worked his way up to Tinsmith. Walter was proud of his work record and proud he could retire at the age of 62. In addition to his love of traveling, he was a member of the National Geographic Society, a stamp and coin collector, roller-skater, bowler, Nascar fan, avid reader, huge fan of big bands, and lover of good food. He was an enthusiastic collector of books and DVD’s on ships, planes, and trains.
While traveling by train to Florida, he met the love of his life, Mary Ferri. They married on October 18, 1969 and they were happily married for 40 years. Mary passed away on their 40th wedding anniversary. Walter lost his life partner and his best friend that day. He talked of traveling to Switzerland but he could never bring himself to follow through without Mary. As Walter would say, “that’s the way it goes”.
Walter was a kind, loving, caring and generous man. He wouldn’t hesitate to help someone that needed his help. He loved humor, silly comedy and laughing. Red Skelton and Carol Burnette were among the many comedians who tickled his fancy. In recent weeks, you could get Walter to smile again by telling some simple one line jokes.
Walter was predeceased by his parents Andreas and Lina (Lindemeier) Giehl, wife Mary Giehl, brothers Bernhard Giehl, Wilhelm Giehl, and Helmuth Giehl, sisters Lottie Hay and Margaret Giehl, nephew Wayne Giehl, and niece RoseMarie Mize.
Walter is survived by his sister Ann Leslie, nephews, Robert , Glenn , Richard, and Jay Giehl; and nieces, Virginia LaMorte, Jenalee Estevez and Deborah Cadorette; and other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday 11:00 am at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home 935 Parkway Ave. in Ewing.
Interment will be next to Mary, his beloved wife, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton.
Calling hours will be Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until time of services at the funeral home.
Donations in Walter’s memory may be made to a charity of the donors choice.
Posted on 07 Jul 2016 by MFH