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Walter Edward "Kite" Mainerich, Sr.
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Obituary for Walter Edward "Kite" Mainerich, Sr.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel in Chisholm, with Rev. Brad Felix officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Chisholm Cemetery.

Walter Edward “Kite” Mainerich, Sr., 95, of Chisholm, died Friday, October 20, 2017, at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm. He was born October 15, 1922, in Chisholm, MN, to Matt and Frances Mainerich. He was a 1940 Chisholm High School graduate and a lifelong Chisholm resident.

Walter was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army 101st Airborne, present at the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and Market Garden. He was awarded a purple heart and a bronze star, as well as other medals. Walter was united in marriage on June 18, 1949, in Milwaukee, WI, to Bernice E. “Mickey” Olson. He was a rural letter carrier and a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Chisholm, Sons of Norway, the Rural Letter Carrier Association, DAV, Chisholm American Legion Press-Lloyd Post no. 247, and the former VFW 8510. Walter loved spending time with his family and enjoyed bocce ball, curling, and sharing his knowledge with others about WWII and its history.

Survivors include his children, Jackie Lang, Paula (Nick) Cianni, Merri Lee (Greg) Rathmanner, Joyce Mainerich, Wendy (Dan MacLean) Mainerich, and Walter E. Mainerich Jr.; grandchildren, Nikki (Tony) Schram, Drianna (Zach) Raskovich, Dylan (Athena) Lang, and Morgan MacLean; great-grandchildren, Jaxen, Nico, Charleigh, Emlyn, and Francesca; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice; his parents; grandson, Shea Lang; son-in-law, Robert Lang; sisters, Zora Mainerich and Mary Stimac; brothers, Matt Jr., George, John, William, Frank, and Stanley.


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Visitation

Monday

30

Oct

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel

205 NW First Street
Chisholm, MN 55719

Funeral Service

Monday

30

Oct

11:00 AM
Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel

205 NW First Street
Chisholm, MN 55719

Cemetery Details

Location

Chisholm Cemetery

Cemetery Road
Chisholm, MN 55719

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