Walter A. Hagelstein, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Walter A. Hagelstein, Jr.

November 12, 1938 - April 9, 2016

Walter A. Hagelstein, Jr., age 77, of Middletown, DE passed from this life on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Walter was a son of the late Walter A. Hagelstein, Sr. and Catherine Hagelstein.

Walter was a talented graphic designer and illustrater who retired from the DuPont Experimental Station after 32 years of dedicated service. He later worked at Technical Writers, Inc. Walter was a life long learner. He graduated from Brown Vocational High School in 1957 and completed his degree at the University of Delaware in 1980. Walter proudly served in the United States Air Force.

Faith and family were the most important things in his life. He started cycling at the age of 66 and joined the White Clay Bicycle Club. Walter enjoyed club, individual, and family rides. He successfully completed several MS Bike to the Bay rides.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Amanda C. Hagelstein.

Walter is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 57 years, Brenda A. Hagelstein; son, Walter Hagelstein III (Andrea); daughters, Jeanine Heath (Geoffrey, Sr.) and Adrienne Shearer (Andrew); grandchildren, Geoffrey, Jr. and Abigail Heath, Aubrey and Benjamin Shearer; brother, Robert (Gloria); sister, Ethelyn Curren (Joe); former daughter-in-law, Catherine Callaway; and best buddies, Ruby and Archie.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 15, 2016, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE, 19713, where a visitation will be held from 9 am until 11 am. Immediately after, a luncheon will be held in the church hall. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s FISH (Food Pantry) or Music Program at the address listed above.


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  • My condolences to the family of Walter Hagelstein. Our Heavenly Father is deeply saddened that death affects the human family. He has guaranteed a time when death will be no more. This is promised in the Bible at Revelation 21 verse 4. During this time, please be assured that He is a God of all tender comfort and mercy.

  • Dear Brenda & family, we are so sorry for your loss. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We will miss Walt. Huge hugs and many prayers for you all!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad I got to visit with him in the hospital. I know he’s at peace and being ornery with his buddy. If you need anything during this difficult time please let me know.

    Love the McCrea’s – David,Krista, Morgan, & William

  • Keep on biking Walter.Will keep the sourkraut flowing !!

  • Our sincerest sympathies go out to the Hagelstein family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to all.

  • Albert and I are sorry for you loss, we enjoyed the few times we had with you and Walter, He was such a pleasant guy,

  • To the Hagelstein family
    I worked with Walt many years ago when there was a print shop/graphic arts dept. at DuPont. He was a very kind gentle man who often spoke about his family and was always willing to help his co-workers. It was a pleasure working with Walt.

    God Bless!
    Arlene Joyner

  • I am so sorry to hear that Walt has passed away. I remember working with Walt on The Anchor at Hope in the late 1980’s and he was always so wonderful. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Susan.

  • Dear Brenda and all of the Hagelsteins, Heaths and Shearers –
    We were out of town over the weekend, so just learned this morning of Walt’s passing (via the paper). Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers. We’re so grateful that we had the opportunity to know such a special soul.
    Peace and all blessings,
    Susie and Tom

  • We are saddened to learn of Walt’s passing. We will be holding you all in our prayers to get through this very difficult time.

    Donna, Ted and Amy Hendricks

  • Adrienne and family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is our hope that memories of love and good times spent together will comfort you.

  • To Brenda & Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Edna & Bob Waller

  • Worked with Walt at Duponts for 32 years.You could not find a better person on this earth better than Walt. RIP Friend.

  • Dear Brenda, Walter, Jeanine, Adrienne, and Family,
    We are saddened by our dear cousin Walter’s passing. The wonderful memories of many summer family vacations spent in Wilmington with Walter, Bobby, and Ethelyn, will last forever. God bless you.

    Mary Ellen, Mary Margaret, George, Nicole, Stephen, Thomas, and Mariel

  • I am John Wayne Hagelstein’s half brother. Sympathy goes out to all the family , and relative’s. He will be missed.

  • Dear Brenda and family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this sad time. I know Walter will be so missed by his wonderful family and friends. Rest in peace Walter, you are in the arms of our dear Lord and Savior.
    God bless all of you, Carole Conaway-Leach

  • To the Hagelstein family, my sincere condolences. I wish you peace.