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Nina Walker

September 24, 1938 — July 11, 2021

Nina C. Walker, 82, passed away on July 11, 2021. Nina was born September 24, 1938, to Katherine and Curt Kennedy. She grew up in Virginia, Minnesota where she graduated high school with the class of 1956. On October 3, 1959, Nina married George Walker. Together they raised their four girls in Duluth, eventually taking residence in Gilbert in 1978 where they lived for 39 years. Nina worked for Saint Louis County for nearly 25 years, retiring in 2000. After retirement, she and George wintered in Florida, where they formed many friendships. Nina also took up golfing in retirement and enjoyed days spent on the course with her husband and friends. 

Nina loved the lake, and she and George spent many summers at their cabin on Lake Vermilion. She and her husband also enjoyed watching hockey and were avid UMD Bulldog Hockey fans, holding season tickets for 40 years. Those who knew Nina will always remember her for her candid, “tell-it-like-it-is'' demeanor. She’ll also be remembered for her fondness of the kitchen; she was always ready with a recipe and loved sharing them with others. Her family was especially important to her, and she looked forward to the big Christmas and 4th of July celebrations with her children and grandchildren every year. In her later years, she found great happiness in cuddling her great-grand babies and rocking them to sleep. 

Nina is survived by her four daughters Cathy Bianchet, Colleen (Jerry) Wallis, Wendy (Michael) Wells, Jill Lekatz; grandchildren Sarah Bianchet, Joe (Alicia) Bianchet, Megan (Tim) Zubich, Mara (Scott) Haugen, Paige Wallis, Kylie (Jacob) Krugen, Matthew (Christine) Lekatz, and Andrew Lekatz; great-grandchildren Gabe Smith-Larson, Avery and Hattie Zubich, Rayden Krugen, Dawson Lekatz, and Weston Bianchet; sister Patricia Briggs; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years George Walker; parents Katherine and Curt Kennedy; brothers Curt and Craig Kennedy; sister Gael Forsman; sons-in-law Michael Bianchet and Tim Lekatz; special friend Kae McMillan; and other extended family and friends.


Funeral Mass for Nina will take place on Saturday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gilbert with Fr. Eamonn Boland celebrating.  A visitation will  begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until Mass.  Interment will be in the State Veterans Cemetery in Saginaw.  Arrangements are by the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Louisiana Ave W, Gilbert, MN 55741

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