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Walter R. Schoenfeld, Water Authority engineer; June 8, 1929 -- June 3, 2012

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora, 9 Paine St., for Walter R. Schoenfeld, who died June 3 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., after a long illness.

The East Aurora resident was 82.

Born in the City of Tonawanda, Mr. Schoenfeld graduated from Tonawanda High School and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute with an associate degree in mechanical drawing and architecture.

He served in the Navy for four years during the Korean War, stationed at Guantanamo Bay.

He was a senior distribution engineer at the Erie County Water Authority, retiring in 1993.

Mr. Schoenfeld was a deacon of First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora. He also was a 65-year member of KenTon Lodge 1186 F 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Valley of Buffalo; and Ismailia Shrine.

He was a member of East Aurora Country Club. He also was a hospice-certified therapy team member in Cape Canaveral with his dog, Hans.

He split his time between East Aurora and Cape Canaveral.

His wife of 40 years, Rita Hoelperl Schoenfeld, died in 1991.

He is survived by five daughters, Lynn Johnston, Sandra Saxton, Karen Berger, Jane Tomaschke and Gail Bunce; and a sister, Janet Neaman O'Herron.

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