Obituary for Walter J. Wegner, Jr.

Walter Wegner Jr., age 73 of Northfield, passed away with his family by his side on Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis following a brief illness. Walter John Wegner, Jr. was born March 15, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Walter and Marie (Rothlesberger) Wegner. He was raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Concordia Academy in 1965. He attended Concordia Lutheran JC in Milwaukee and in 1970, received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. On December 27, 1969, Wally married Roberta Van Ert at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wisconsin […]

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Walter Wegner Jr., age 73 of Northfield, passed away with his family by his side on Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis following a brief illness.

Walter John Wegner, Jr. was born March 15, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Walter and Marie (Rothlesberger) Wegner. He was raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Concordia Academy in 1965. He attended Concordia Lutheran JC in Milwaukee and in 1970, received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

On December 27, 1969, Wally married Roberta Van Ert at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. After marriage they taught elementary school in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. In 1974, they moved to Brown Deer, Wisconsin. Over the next few years, they lived in various communities until returning to Minnesota in 1984. After moving to Stillwater, MN, Wally worked as a Quality Engineer and advanced his career to become a Quality Auditor. His work gave him the opportunity to visit every continent except Antarctica. In 2013, Wally retired although he remained active as a consultant, and in 2015 Wally and Roberta moved to Northfield.

Wally was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, his home owners association, and the American Society for Quality. He volunteered at Bridgewater Elementary, Meals-on-Wheels, Habit for Humanity, the food shelf, and many other groups over the years. He enjoyed volunteering at special sporting events such as the All-Star Game and the Super Bowl. He liked to visit his grandchildren, geo-cache, metal detect, read, and putter around the house. Wally will be remembered as a loving and generous man who could make a friend anywhere.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Roberta; 4 children, Tricia of Columbia, Missouri; John of Minnetonka; Mark (Beth) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Ben (Katie) of Lakeville; 4 grandchildren, Cora (7), Edie (6), Cole (11) and Reese (8); 3 brothers, John (Chris) of Appleton, WI; Pete (Laurie) of Cedarburg, WI; Paul of West Bend, WI; 3 sisters, Marie Marshall of Plymouth, WI; Chris Wegner of Appleton; Liz Wegner of Cedarburg; his sister-in-law, Connie Wegner of Waldo, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joe.

Memorials are preferred to the Northfield Community Action Center and Lutheran World Relief.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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7 Comments

  1. John Morris

    I had the opportunity to know and work with Wally thru Plexus International. He was my trainer for my initial courses. We co trained throughout the country for several years. He was always a gentleman and friend. My life was enriched by knowing and working with him.
    Wally, you will be missed. Thank you for your friendship and mentor ship.
    May God bless and keep you.

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    • Tricia Wegner

      John,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and memories about my dad. He really enjoyed those years traveling and training.

      Kind regards,
      Tricia

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  2. Liz Wegner

    I love this man! He is a good big brother. Every time he and Robbie came to the Grafton/Cedarburg area they stayed at my house. We had silly conversations and laughed. When we talked he always called me Baby Sister and gave me a hard time about not having a cell phone.

    I miss him!!! The world was a better place with him in it and so was my life.

    Robbie, Tricia, John, Mark and Ben: May God bless you and help you through these hard times!

    I love you,
    Liz

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  3. Tricia Wegner

    Liz,

    My dad liked to tease you?!? Yep, sounds just like him.

    We miss him, too.

    Much love to you!!
    Tricia

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  4. Stacye Smith

    Tricia, Sorry for the loss of your father. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

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  5. Cheree Baxley

    Tricia, My condolences to you and your family. I loved the fact that your parents enjoyed 50 years together. That is such an accomplishment. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time of loss.

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  6. Sherri Meyers

    Wally was an ardent supporter of the Co-op both in person and on social media. We always appreciated his kinds words and community mindedness. He will be missed.

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