2005-03-16 / Obituaries

Louise Walker

Louise Walker of Newberry worked in a Saginaw gun plant on the home front during World War II, worked for Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, and helped her husband operate a small sawmill for 14 years. She was known throughout the community for her baking skills and for her part in creating a humorous parade float every July 4 in Newberry, with family and friends.

Mrs. Walker died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

She was born August 27, 1924, in Burt to Emerson and Elsie Peart.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Newberry, and volunteered at the Senior Center, the church, the school, and the Logging Museum.

She and her husband, Gus Walker, were recognized with several awards over the years for leadership and community service.

Mrs. Walker was known as an excellent cook and baker, with wild blueberry pie as her specialty, friends said. Family members recall one of several trips to Alaska, when she baked 20 pies using a soda can to roll the dough. She was always willing to donate baked goods for community fundraisers.

She was a fan, with her grandson, Dennis, of the Iditarod sled dog race and kept track of standings for many years.

Family members said they will long recall her child rearing advice, including “stand up straight,” “get over here and eat,” and most of all, “smile.”

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Gus Walker; six children and their families, Linda and John Harju, Debbie and Barry Rousseau, Foster Findlay, Ed Walker, Tim Walker, and Jerry Walker; two daughters-in-law, Judy Krzenszewski and Linda Walker; many grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She is survived by a brother and his family, Art and Barb Peart, and a special sister and her family, Jean and Chuck Henning.

Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Michael Harju, and a brother, George Peart.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Newberry with the Reverend Saundra Clark officiating. Friends called at the church Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be directed to the United Methodist Church or North Woods Hospice.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry assisted the family.

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