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Walter Kenneth Rishoff Jr.

February 7, 1930 ~ July 12, 2017 (age 87)
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Walter Rishoff,   devoted and faithful husband of Gertrude C. Rishoff and loving father of Kathryn (Kate)  Rishoff of Boca Raton,  passed from this life on Wednesday morning at Boca Raton Regional Hospital after a long,  very full, happy life.   His Creator knew it was time to join the love of his life,  his sweetheart,  who he missed so dearly and whom he spoke of, without fail,  every day since her passing.

Walter was born  on February 7, 1930,  in midtown Manhattan,  New York City, to his father Walter K. Rishoff, Sr.  and Katherine Weintz Rishoff.    He attended public elementary schools in Manhattan and  attended industrial High School on Long Island.   Instead of attending college/university,  Walter went straight into the workforce,  and in his early 20’s he was employed  in the financial arena, primary at Union Square financial establishments such as the Corn Exchange and the Bank of Manhattan.  It was the Bank of Manhattan, however, that held a special place in his heart, and for good reason.  It was there where he met the love of his life, of whom he lovingly recalled,  “I just had to meet her and ask her out;   She was so cute and had those big blue eyes. I didn’t think she would ever say yes to me, but she did.”

Walt and Gert were married in the Bronx at Saint Dominic’s  Catholic Church on October 10, 1953.   When IBM started hiring in Kingston, New York,    they moved to Upstate New York as a young couple and established a home.  While waiting for a full time position with IBM to open up for him, he was employed a short time with Hercules Powder Company, the dynamite manufacturing division of DuPont Chemical Corporation.    He started with IBM in April 1955 in the Production Control Division on the production line for IBM, putting the rivets at the bottom of the “new” IBM typewriters.   He said about getting hired with IBM,  “I would have done anything to get into that company, I didn’t care what it was, I wanted to work for them.”   He did exactly that for thirty-eight (38) years, and truly was a company man,  complete with starched white shirts, full suit and horn rimmed glasses.  He loved projects and working with others.   He always said that working for IBM were the best years of his life, and the best people he ever met.

Walt’s social and religious life in Kingston, New York encompassed involvement with basketball and softball leagues,  both actively playing sports in addition to coaching youth for boys and girls teams,  whether it was basketball, swimming, life-saving classes for Church Camp,  and believe it or not,  a coach for Girl’s Cheerleading bringing them to a State Contest at Fordham University.    He and  Gert were mainstays at Saint Catherine Laboure’ Catholic Church in Lake Katrine, New York.  Later on in life,  he  fondly remembered many stories of  his days with Catholic Youth Organization,  both for his local parish and  on a grander scale  with Ulster County Catholic Youth Organization.   They enjoyed and loved working with young people and shaping and molding their faith formation.  It was then that they realized that they should consider a family of their own.  In  May 1964,  this hope and prayer became a reality for Gert and himself:  a daughter,  Kathryn (Kate)  was born. 

 As with his years of working with young people in CYO,    Walt was always involved with Kate’s life and had as an enjoyable time with her little friends, just as much as Kate did herself.    He was often the life of the party with his happy, cheerful and sweet disposition.   Throughout the years, whenever he walked into Kate’s classrooms at her elementary school,   the children’s faces would light up knowing that fun would soon ensue.     This quality of Walt’s demeanor carried through into his later years when he and Gert would assist in Kate’s Religious Education class at Saint Joan of Arc as the classroom assistants.   On many levels,  he became a surrogate grandfather to many of them and a sponsor at Confirmations.  In doing so,  Walt fulfilled two personal missions in his life,  to live his faith and to pass it on to the young generation.  Throughout the eighty seven years that were provided to him on Earth,    stewardship and service to God and Jesus Christ came to fulfillment at different junctures of his life.

Walt was never one to sit idle and watch life just pass him by.   He came out of retirement briefly and worked at MBNA Corporation until they relocated the company operations.   He then assumed duties on the Condo Board where he lived as a Landscape and Grounds Committee Member.  Walt took pride in all of his work no matter what that task entailed.  Even in his later life and during his illness prior to passing,  he would ask how the plants in the bullnoses looked as you drove in and out of the development.   When something wasn’t right, he worked tenaciously to correct it and went through lengths to do so.   He worked on something until he could take pride in it,  and would not  stop until he achieved perfection.

Walt Rishoff possessed so many wonderful qualities and they all served different people on different levels, personal or those whom he knew through business and organizations.     Loyalty,  faithfulness,   commitment to excellence,  and completion of whatever he did through to the end phases of a task,  never dropping the ball were hallmarks of his creed.  Of course,  last but never least, an overwhelming sense of team spirit.    He was kind,  sweet,   giving,  unbelievably sentimental,  and loving.  It is almost difficult to believe that one person could possess all of these qualities,  but Walt did manage to possess a plethora of positive characteristics and gifts.  For all of these reasons,  and more not mentioned here,  he will be missed by many people.   But  his wife,  sweetheart,  and partner in life wanted him back  to be her partner again, only this time to be with her in Paradise.  Contemporaneously,   God and Jesus knew that they needed an Angel to watch over all of us down here,  keeping those he  knew and loved on the right path.

Walter is preceded in death by his wife Gertrude,  and survived by his only daughter Kathryn (Kate)  and many loving nieces and nephews on the East Coast,  Northeast,  and New England.

In lieu of flowers,  it was his desire and wish that you would give in Walter’s memory to charities that he admired and held in high regard,  among them being  Alzheimers Association;  The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C (as a tribute the young men that he knew from CYO who fought and died there);   Smile Train/Operation Smile;  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  and the ASPCA if you are an animal lover.  In addition,  Walt would want you to support your local parish by making a donation that is comfortable to you  to support their mission and work of the universal Catholic Church and the overall benevolent love and compassion of Jesus Christ in this world.  

A visitation will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Tuesday, July 18 at Glick Family Funeral Home in Boca Raton.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 19 at Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton.  Entombment will follow at the Boca Raton Mausoleum.

 

 

 


 Service Information

Visitation
Tuesday
July 18, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Glick Family Funeral Home
3600 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Visitation
Tuesday
July 18, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Glick Family Funeral Home
3600 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Funeral Mass
Wednesday
July 19, 2017

11:00 AM
Ascension Catholic Church
7250 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, Florida 33487

Interment following funeral service
Wednesday
July 19, 2017

Boca Raton Mausoleum
451 SW 4th Avenue
Boca Raton, Florida 33432


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