- March 11, 2011
- Saint Joseph, Michigan
of Waltraut's Passing
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Waltraut (Schewe) Wundersee peacefully departed this life on March 11, 2011.
Waltraut was born in Germany on May 1, 1929, to Johann and Mathilde Schewe. She had five brothers.
She married Otto Wundersee in April, 1947, and they were married for 56 adventurous years. They emigrated from Germany to Canada with their daughter, AnneRose, as a two-year old, where they worked on farms for a while to repay their passage. Then Otto worked in “the bush”, meaning a remote lumberjack camp, while Wally kept very busy cooking and baking for the workers. The family then moved near Edmonton, Alberta, where Otto worked as a carpenter building houses and their second daughter, Nikki, was born. The family immigrated (via a very long 3-day train ride) to Benton Harbor, Michigan in the winter of 1957 to be reunited with the Schewe family.
Otto reluctantly preceded her in death in 2003 after a long illness. Her oldest brother, Alfred, died in WW II and her youngest brother, Herbert, died in 2008.
She is survived by her daughters, AnneRose Rogers and Nikki and son-in-law Rick Resig. She has four grandsons: Brian (Cathleen) Rogers, Kevin Rogers, Randy Resig, Ryan Resig and two great-grandchildren: Emily Rogers and Nicholas Rogers.
Surviving brothers and sisters-in-law: Hugo (Heidi) Schewe, Walter (Alma) Schewe, Eddie (Helen) Schewe.
She loved her many nieces and nephews, friends and long-time church friends. She lived long enough to know her great-grandchildren and tell them about her childhood growing up on a farm and that was a joy for her.
She retired from Zenith Data Systems (previously Heathkit) after many years but her pride and joy was always her flowers, indoors and out. Along with working full-time, she worked many hours a day to make the flowers in her yard a showcase. She gave them loving care and they repaid her by being such a sight to behold that strangers stopped by to tell her how beautiful her yard was. She was featured with her flowering yard on the front page of the Herald-Palladium one spring and was very proud of the beauty she nurtured.
She walked daily for miles with her dear dogs, Taffy, and later, Mousie. She loved them so much she still thought they were with her long after they were gone. Coincidentally, Mousie died the same day Wally moved to Caretel.
She was a member of the Washington Avenue Church of God for many years where she professed her faith and gratitude to God for the many blessings showered on her and her family, including many great adventures that she and Otto had never imagined when they married. They had never imaged they would own a car, let alone a number of cars over the years. Wally and Otto returned to Germany a several times to visit his relatives (who he had thought he’d never find again since he was orphaned at age 9) and to revisit sites of their early life together like the single room they lived in when they were first married. They also went to Hawaii, which Wally absolutely loved and considered to be a preview of heaven, with all the lush flowers growing so abundantly. It’s been a very long good-bye. May she rest in peace.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Starks & Menchinger in St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at the Washington Avenue Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Please direct memorials to the church or to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to sign Wally’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.