Walter Ignatovich

Walter C. Ignatovich

Wednesday, February 2nd, 1927 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Walter C. Ignatovich, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was called up to his heavenly Father at the age of 93. He resided at the Whitcomb Senior Living Community for the past four and half years after selling his home of 40 years in Stevensville, MI.

Walter (Walt) was born on February 2, 1927 to Christ and Alma (Mashke) Ignatovich in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1945. He proudly served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1945-1948. He was called back to active duty in 1949 to serve for another three years as a mechanic and radio operator. His status as a veteran of the United States Armed Services was very important to him and he celebrated all the veterans and those currently serving each and every year. Walter met the love of his life, Zula Muneke, when he was stationed in Maxwell Airforce Base in Montgomery, Alabama. They were married in Montgomery, Alabama on December 19, 1947. They were married for 68 years before Zula’s passing in January, 2015. They had two daughters: Suzanne Ignatovich (1950) and Carol Ann (1954).

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and spouses: Bill and Lillian (Ignatovich) Geike, Edward and Anne (Kebschull) Ignatovich, and Alvin Bahm. He is survived by his sister, Ruth (Ignatovich) Bahm and brother, Arthur Ignatovich along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his two daughters and son-in-laws: Ted & Suzanne (Ignatovich) Curro and Glenn & Carol (Ignatovich)Guest; seven grandchildren: Benjamin (Kate) Powell, Matthew Mazurkiewicz, Eric (Danica) Powell, Tina Mazurkiewicz-Carter, David (Katie) Powell, Lucy (Bryan) Bennett, Karen (Brendon) Hampton; ten great-grandchildren: Elise, Maeve, Micah, Cora, Aaliyah, Annalee, Colby, Emma, Kendall, and Elijah.

Walter retired from the Whirlpool Corporation after 35 years in several positions with most years spent as Order Administrator for the Sears Account. After retiring, he returned to Whirlpool to work as a part time employee on the hotline for appliance service questions. He also served as a union steward during his years at Whirlpool and was on the original Board that founded the first employee Credit Union.

Walter joined the Masons in 1949. He was honored this past August with a 70-year service pin. He was very proud to be part of this wonderful organization of which he received his lifetime membership in 1989.
Walter loved life, enjoyed his many friends he made over his lifetime, and cherished his family. He and his wife, Zula looked forward to the band concerts on the bluff in St. Joseph every Sunday. He was the kind of person who believed in making the most out of each and every day.

Due to the CoVid-19 circumstances, a small immediate family celebration will be held to honor his life. Memorial contributions may be made to Stevensville American Legion Post 568, 3093 Johnson Rd., Stevensville, MI 49127.. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services.

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    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Private Family Services will be held. Memorial donations in Walter's name may be made to Stevensville American Legion Post #568, 3093 Johnson Rd., Stevensville, MI 49127.
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Ed and Marge Frohbieter

Posted at 08:59pm
We were saddened to read of Walt’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of the many, many good times that we had with Walt and Zulu. They both were the sweetest people and we were privileged to have had them for our friends for so many years!

Donna J Lippert

Posted at 12:38am
Walt always had a wonderful smile. Rest in Peace. Heaven gained a beautiful soul.

Mike Shaffer

Posted at 09:50am
My family moved next to Walt and Zula when I was 10. Shared so many memories with Walt and Zula over the years. I moved away to go to school out of state but always made time to catch up with Walt when I was home. My family had such a memorable relationship with Walt and Zula over the many years. Walt always shared amazing stores he told between cutting his grass 2-3 times a week. "With love and fond memories"

Mike Shaffer

Mildred Christians

Posted at 10:16pm
So sorry to hear of Walt's passing. I worked with him in the early 60' when I came back to work after the birth of my son. He always was so considerate of the others. Prayers for his family.

Mary Shaffer Posted at 04:40pm

We lived next door to Walt and Zula for 27 years on Golden Crest in Stevensville. They were the most thoughtful and wonderful neighbors and we felt they were very special friends. Our children have great memories of long and enjoyable conversations with Walt as they were growing up that will be cherished. They frequently spoke of their children and grandchildren with such love.

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