Walter P. Pagel



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GREECE: Monday, September 7, 2015. Predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Melba (Bailey); brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack (Peggy) Pagel, George (Shirley) Bailey; brother-in-law, Thomas Bailey. Survived by his loving daughter, Shirley (Richard) Dittman; sister, Audrey Harter Rozwell; sister-in-law, Shirley Bailey; brother-in-law, Dr. Graydon (Lois) Bailey; Dear loving friend, Betty Allison and family; several nieces, nephews and great friends. Walter was a veteran of the United States Army and served our country in WWII, a proud member of the Charlotte Masonic Lodge NO# 1088 F.& A.M., and a retiree from Eastman Kodak after 38 years. He enjoyed golf and bowling. He will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank Hildebrandt Hospice and Edna Tina Wilson Living Center for all the love and care given to Walter. Walter’s visitation will be held Saturday, September 12th, 9:30-11 AM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will follow at 11AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Falls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions to Lifetime Care Hospice c/o Hildebrandt Hospice or Journey Home in his memory. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit View Tribute Video


  1. Karen (Dittman) Frangos on September 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dear Shirley and Dad – Walt was a very sweet man and will be greatly missed. I am with you in spirit and sending much love your way, Karen

  2. Shirley & Richard on September 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks Honey – Dad always loved you … I’m glad you were able to visit with him during the times he was healthier. Love ya – Shirl & Dad

  3. nomorewindlies on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dear Shirl and Richard….our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of remembrance and honor. Deepest condolences from your Canadian buddies.

    We hope we will see you soon,God Bless.

    Sherri and Michael

  4. Beth and Tony Klintworth on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Family is the most precious gift of all and you and your dad were so lucky to have each other. My thoughts are you now have two loving angels fiercely watching over you and Richard. I am glad your dad is at peace and may he join your mom in heaven and have a wonderful time!
    All our love,
    Beth, Tony, Alexis, Lauren & Jett Klintworth

  5. Shirley & Richard on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I’m happy that Dad is at peace with with Mom but also sad… he loved us all. As norm, we will try to get to FL in the winter – now that I don’t have to worry about my Dad. Your children were always HIS grandchildren – the same as Laura and my Justyn! Love you – Shirl & Richard

  6. Dorie & Bob Griffin on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Shirl and Richard, my heart cries with you. He will always be in my heart as is your Mom. They were my second parents and were always good to me and my family. We cannot express how important they both have been in our lives. Just remember, they also gave me another sister. I love you and hope you can get to Florida. The apartment is ready anytime.

  7. Suzanne Albright on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Shirley and Richard,

    We are very sorry, not just for the loss of your very special father, but also for the difficulties he suffered recently and the toll it takes on loved ones. We are thinking about you, praying for peace in your hearts.

    Hope to see you soon,
    Rick and Suzanne

  8. Shirl on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks Suz… love you!

  9. Shirl on September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks you — my dear Canadian buddies!!! Love you always

  10. Mary DeLorme on September 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Shirley and Richard, I am so sorry to hear about your dad.
    I know he was having a hard time for the last
    Few months it’s very difficult to watch your
    Parents go through that. You were great care
    Givers to him and did a wonderful job
    Advocating for him to have the best
    Quality of life possible. You should be at peace
    Knowing you were there for him which gave
    Him love and comfort during his last days.
    Take care, God bless love Mary DeLorme

  11. Martin Harter on September 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My Uncle Wally was an unforgettable character who made life fun through his simple good nature and belief that everyone should be treated decently. Thank you for your patience, your understanding and your unwaivering love for all of us. God Bless!

  12. Michelle Judge on September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Mr. and Mrs. Dittman. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Shelly Judge

  13. Shirley & Richard on September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Love to you – my Angels on Earth !!! God Bless. Shirley & Richard

  14. Shirley & Richard Dittman on September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Michelle,
    Our Karen wanted to come into town to be next to our sides but we thought best that this was not the time. Fortunately, she had a very nice visit with my Dad when she was in town last year. We are not sad – look at all the positives and Dad had a very full 90 years. The last 8 mths were a challenge but we were by his side every step of the way. Love to you and your family! Shirley & Richard

  15. Shirley & Richard on September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks Mary – we are at peace. Dad had a wonderful 90 years… amazing. We will always love him. God Bless you and yours — Shirley & Richard

  16. Shirley & Richard on September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    To my brother – I know you and Rod were upset about not being in town for the funeral BUT you both have always been in my Dad’s heart – in our hearts. Love you, Shirl & Richard

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