Walter Kruthaupt, 76, and Kathleen (Wagner) Kruthaupt, 73, of Wilton, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 6, 2022.
Walter was born on June 21, 1946 in Brookville, Indiana; a son of the late Lawrence and Agatha (Wespesser) Kruthaupt. He graduated from Batesville High School and went on to attend an electronic technology school in Louisville Kentucky to pursue electrical engineering. He later met Kathy and they were married in 1973. In 1978, they welcomed their daughter Shannon into the world. She was his everything. “Walt” had a silly sense of humor and a zest for life. He had an amazing way with people and names and seemed to know everyone and they knew him too.
Shannon grew up and later married Jeremy Capocci and they had 3 children of their own Abby, Caitlyn and Jack. Walter adored his grandkids and was always playful, joking around and laughing when they were nearby. They brought him great joy. Walter enjoyed learning about the stock market in his spare time.
He also enjoyed watching the news and discussing current events and politics. He was always up to date on current events in the world and enjoyed talking to people from all walks of life. Walter had a way of making people whom he had just met feel at ease. He was giving, kind and a loving father and grandfather. Walter was a retired Electrical Engineer for Pitney Bowes.
Kathleen was born on February 20, 1949 in Norwalk, CT; a daughter of the late Robert and Norma (Irving) Wagner. Kathy was a graduate of Norwalk High School and went on to get a BA in Music and History from Western Connecticut State University. Kathy and Walter met after college and were married several years later. Kathy always wanted to give her daughter, Shannon every advantage she could and things she wasn’t able to have as she grew up in a large family. She often told her grown daughter that seeing her happy, successful and living her best life was her greatest joy.
She was exceptionally proud of her grandchildren and often spoke of them with immense pride to her customers at the Rowatyon Post Office where she spent the majority of her career as a postal clerk for over 40 years. She loved her little office and all of the people she spoke to each day. It was a difficult decision to retire for her as work was a huge part of her life.
Walter and Kathy were married for nearly 49 years. They spent almost all of their free time together and were rarely apart. For many years they enjoyed time at the Wilton YMCA and also at the various town libraries, though Darien was their favorite (it has a movie theater). Both were avid movie buffs and Kathy was a huge reader and lover of the New York Times. She would often tell you about the different articles she’d read, plays coming out or places she dreamed of traveling to in the travel section. She loved Broadway shows, music, reading and listening to books and going to the movies. She loved to dream and had a vivid imagination that would transport her to other worlds when enjoying all of her favorite things.
Walter and Kathy will be deeply missed by their family and friends.
Walter and Kathleen are survived by their daughter, Shannon Capocci and her husband, Jeremy as well as their grandchildren Abigail, Caitlyn and Jack Capocci (the lights of their lives). In addition, Walter is survived by his siblings, Mike Kruthaupt and his wife, Jean; Delores (Orville) Kunkel, Bernadine (Virgil) Kunkel and James Kruthaupt. Kathleen is also survived by her siblings; Anne Haymon and her husband, Tim, Gail Campbell and her husband, Tom, Barbara Moscato and her husband, Phil, and Robert Wagner and his wife, Zoe. Walter and Kathleen are also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by two brothers; John and Richard Kruthaupt. In addition to her parents, Kathleen was predeceased by her niece Dr. Amy Crane Sloditskie.
Services will take place privately.
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Contributions in Walter and Kathleen's memory may be made to the Darien Public Library or the Wilton YMCA.