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Obituary for Walter F. Nuss

Walter F.  Nuss
Nuss, Walter, 83, of Newfield, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2019 at Cooper Hospital. He was the son of the late Mary and Frank E. Nuss.

Mr. Nuss was born and raised in Philadelphia and the Villas. Walter joined the US Air Force in 1954, serving for 4 years during the Korean War. After his military service, Walter worked at RCA in Camden as a Class 1 technician. In 1963, he then began to work as a field technician at Pennsylvania Bell Telephone Company until his retirement. Walter went to school for radio and television. By age 19, he was running trolley cars and also taught himself auto mechanics. He also started collecting phonograph records. Over the years he taught himself to play music such as Bass, Banjo and Guitar. Walter was a Mummer where he enjoyed playing the banjo. He had an ear for this type of music. He also played in a string band in Philadelphia and worked on the John Wannamaker Pipe Organ. He organized a 6-piece dance band and played in the service clubs. Around 1970 he rebuilt, restored and repaired merry-go-round band organs in the Wildwood , NJ Amusement Parks. He also enjoyed buying and selling antique cars. In the early 70’s, Walter was able to meet and establish a long friendship with one of his musical hero’s, J. Lawrence Cook, a notable arranger of over 20,000 jazz and ragtime piano rolls, many of which brought Walt great joy.

He was an avid collector of mechanical musical instruments such as player pianos, nickelodeons, and band organs. In his earlier years, he owned and operated a business called Walt’s Player Piano Hospital where he repaired, restored, bought and sold these instruments. He also collected piano rolls and enjoyed sharing music with anyone who was in his company.

Walter enjoyed trips to the New England especially the White Mountains, NH, and enjoyed camping with his family in earlier years. If there was a flea market or yard sale nearby, Walter was sure to be there. He loved to go to the Pine Barrens in New Jersey to swim and enjoy nature. He was a member of the South Jersey Post Card Club and US Stanley Steamers of America Club.

He is survived by his children: David Nuss and his wife Nancy; Louise Nuss and her son Billy; Frank Nuss, his wife Karen, and their sons: TJ and Michael; Jeanie Nuss; Karolyn Waller, her husband Jeff, and their daughter Maddie; John Nuss, his wife Robin, and their children: Galvin, Hannah, and the late John Nuss. Walter is also survived by the mother of his children, Jean Ribnikar. He will be missed by his longtime companion Barbara Martinez.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019, 11:00am, at the St. Vincent dePaul Church, 5021 Harding Hwy., Mays Landing, NJ 08330, where a gathering to honor Walter's life will begin at 10:00am until 10:45am, with reflections at 10:45am. Burial with military honors will take place at the Atlantic Co. Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor.