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Updated: 03/23/2014 08:00:01AM

Walter J. Gengler

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Walter J. “Wally” Gengler, 78, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

He was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Marcel and Amelia (nee Kirchens) Gengler.

Walter served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for the Chicago Bears and Cubs for 10 years, before working for Federal Life Insurance for 30 years. Walter was a member of the Elks, the Moose, St. Andrew’s Golf Club and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Volunteered for the Punta Gorda Police Department. He was a member of a men’s group called the Romeos — “Retired Old Men Eating Out.”

Walter will be greatly missed by his wife of 46 years, Janet (nee Fortman); brothers-in-law, Jack Van Dermeir and Edmund (Pat) Fortman; sisters-in-law, Fran Rafferty, Pat Fortman, Betty Noble, Mary Jane Fortman and Margot Fortman; and his cousins and many nieces and nephews will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Amelia Pierce and Marcella Van Dermeir; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda. Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, Fla. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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