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November 23, 1939 - July 22, 2021

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick St. Kalamazoo. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Gilson Cemetery, Scotts.  Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children,

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Age 81, passed away early on Thursday morning, July 22, 2021. Walter was born on November 23, 1939, in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Wallace and Marie (Lynch) Maronek. On July 25, 2010, he married Doris Marie Jacobsen who survives him. Doris and Walt had a happy life together. They enjoyed going to concerts in the park. They also enjoyed travelling and camping. Walt loved being outside. He supported the Audubon Society and loved feeding the birds.  In his younger years, Walt enjoyed fishing and boating. He grew beautiful roses. He was hardworking and always put supporting his family first in his life. Walt was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He couldn’t tell a joke but had a great sense of humor. Nothing was more important to him than his children and grandchildren who called him “Poppy.” He was always glad to see his family, whenever they could visit. He was always smiling, even when he didn’t feel like smiling.  Besides his wife, Walter is survived by his children, Robin (Jill) Antolovich of Mishawaka, IN, Nadine Geiger of Climax, Donald (Robbie) Antolovich of Delton, Christopher (Karen) Antolovich of Gun Lake, Walter Jr. (Kelly) Maronek of Parchment and David (Theresa) Maronek of Bloomingdale; stepchildren, Laura Owen of Three Rivers, and Julie Allers of Kalamazoo; 39 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren, and one on the way; 2 brothers and a sister; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Nancy Maronek; 2 great-grandchildren, Baby Donald Antolovich IV, and Aubry Maronek.