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Walter Otto Mader, age 91 of Warren, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. He was born February 23, 1925 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, son of the late Gottlieb and the late Luise (nee: Sayer) Mader.

It's been said that everybody has some kind of interesting story, and Walter's began at birth. Born to parents who decided they wanted to make America their new home, the trip from Germany to the U.S. made its journey by way of South America,…and it was during their stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina that Walter decided to come into this world. So with German parents and America as the land where he was raised, Walter could always tell the unique story of how he came to us as an Argentinian.

The next interesting story would come some 28 years later when Walter took some vacation time from work and headed to the coastal haven of Saugatuck, Michigan. Nestled off the waters of Michigan's western shoreline, even back then it was a scenic and attractive getaway,…yet little did Walter know the magic his vacation was about to hold. The year was 1953 and Walter was merely meandering through the streets of Saugatuck when he came upon a group of girls,…one in particular that caught his eye. Her name was Dorothy, and she was about to turn his world upside down,…but in a very good way. Cupid was about to shoot his arrow that would lead these two lovebirds down the path of romance and into each others' arms. It started with a simple gesture of escorting Dorothy and her friends to church, but Walter had other designs for the post-church activities,…mind you, with gentlemanly thoughts, of course. This led to a 4 year courtship that ultimately found them sharing their wedding vows and promising themselves in marriage, a beautiful ceremony that was held on May 4, 1957 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Detroit.

Walter and his new bride made their home in Detroit, but that was short-lived as they would soon decide to relocate which they did in 1958 to their new digs in the growing, bedroom community of Warren, Michigan. It is there that they built upon the comforts of home, raised a wonderful son, and grew deeper in love with each passing day.

For his career path, Walter chose to go with his strengths in mathematics and ventured down the path of accounting. For over 40 years, he devoted his time and talents as an employee with the state of Michigan where he extended the utmost in dedicated service until accepting his well-deserved retirement.
When he wasn't working, some of his favorite pastimes were centered on either the pleasures of water sports or the joys of traveling. Being a true Michigander, he often chose to spend his down time by enjoying the Great Lakes state for all it had to offer,…especially through water skiing and boating. Whether behind the wheel or behind the boat, Walter was always well-entertained any time it involved his love of the water. Then there was the simple joys of hopping in the car and going for a drive, the destination didn't really much matter on most occasions. He just loved to travel and take in the beauty of the open road,…especially with all the "Mitten" has to offer.

Yet of all the joys and pleasures that touched his soul, none could compare to the passion he possessed for his loving family. For his loving bride of almost 60 years, his dear son, and his adoring granddaughters, Walter leaves behind a legacy of love for each of them to embrace with each reflection shared. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally. Walter shared a special bond with his three granddaughters, they were simply the greatest thrill of his life. He was there for every game, competition or special moments the girls had.

Walter was the beloved husband of Dorothy, dearest father of Paul (Gerry) Mader, and the loving grandfather of Lisa Mader, Paula Mader, and Sara Mader.

Visitation for Walter will be held Friday, September 16th from 5 - 9 pm, with a 6:30 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile) in Warren. He will lie in state on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of his Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please share memories of Walter at his memory book above.