Walter Nitsche, Jr.

Obituary of Walter W. Nitsche, Jr.

Age 78, of Shorewood, IL, and formerly of Mokena, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home. He was born in Chicago, the son of the late Walter Sr. and Mary (nee Lanigan) Nitsche. Walter graduated from Leo High School in Chicago with the class of 1959. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He retired as an accountant with the First National Bank of Chicago.

Walter was instrumental in organizing yearly reunions with his fellow Vietnam Marine Corps veterans. He enjoyed playing pickleball, traveling, but the love he had for his grandchildren and the time he spent with them was priceless. Walter was a very generous soul and was humbled by not talking about it.

He is survived by his two sons, Frank Nitsche and Matthew (Kaitlyn) Nitsche; ten grandchildren, Kyra, Madelyn, Ethan, Lily, Mallory, Audrey, Sara, Isla, Fiona, and Cael; two sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick) Sullivan and Gertrude (Jerry) Sullivan; many nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Bonnielee (nee Zalusky) Nitsche (June 5, 2020); his parents and two brothers, Paul and Larry Nitsche.

Visitation for Walter Nitsche will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, from 9:00 a.m. until chapel prayers at 10:15 a.m. then continuing to Holy Family Catholic Church, 600 N. Brookforest Dr., Shorewood, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park. Memorials in his name to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Ste 102, Oceanside, CA 92057, would be appreciated. Semper Fidelis!

For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at



9:00 am - 10:15 am
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Holy Family Catholic Church
600 Brook Forest Ave.
Shorewood, Illinois, United States
Chapel prayers at the funeral home will begin at 10:15 a.m. before procession to church


St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park
87th Street & Hamlin Avenue
Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

Memorials in his name to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Ste 102, Oceanside, CA 92057 would be appreciated.
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