CHESTERTOWN - Ernest F. Walz died Dec. 2, 2012, a Sunday, at Avondell. Born July 28, 1927 in Plainfield, N.J., he was the son of George and Emme (Stetter) Walz.
He served proudly as a U.S. Marine for eight years, which included service during World War II, and was the youngest staff sergeant appointed in his time. Mr. Walz lived and worked in the Gaithersburg and Rockville area for more than 25 years with the Montgomery County government. He worked in human resources and founded the Montgomery County Employees' Federal Credit Union. An avid reader and lover of ships and history, he was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League. He retired to Chestertown in 1982, belonged to St. Aidan's Anglican Church, and joined the Chestertown American Legion.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Wilma (Kovach), and sister, Anita Signorello of Meshoppen, Pa. He is survived by brother Walter Walz and wife Louise of North Plainfield, N.J.; his two daughters, Michelle Walz of Fredericksburg, Va. and Deborah Walz of Brookline, N.H.; his three step-daughters, Frances Marlatt of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Susan Mearns of California, Helen Mearns of Fallston; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces. He was active in the social life at Avondell and became fondly known as “Mr. Bingo.”
A memorial service will be held at St. Aidans at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, meeting at Trinity Church, 101 Greenwood Ave., Chestertown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org) or to Global D.I.R.T. (www.globaldirt.org).
For those of us that knew him
the twinkle in his eyes no more
a new star soars the heavens
that shines its light as his before