Donald L. Nultemeier
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Virginia Beach - Donald L. Nultemeier, 67, died January 15, 2013 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after a brief illness due to a rare blood disorder. He was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota and taught music for 37 years in the Va. Beach School System before retiring in 2008.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Dorothy Nultemeier and his sister Ceylon Hoffman. He is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, Sharon, and children Tara Nultemeier , Brent Nultemeier (Jen), Charles Kerr, and Lauren Kerr LaClaire (James), his beloved grandchildren Dalton and Kelsey Kerr, Lucas and Katherine LaClaire, and Ava, Charlotte, and Libby Nultemeier. Also cherishing his memory are his sisters Merrily Jepson (Bill) and Sheryl Froiland (Bob) as well as a host of nieces, nephews, numerous family and friends. Patricia Laurence is the former wife of the deceased and mother to Tara and Brent.
Music was an integral part of Don's life from early childhood when he began performing with his three sisters as the "Don Nulte Trio." He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Iowa and later his Masters Degree. While in college he was selected to represent the United States along with the University of Iowa Band as cultural ambassadors to Europe and Russia. He served in the U.S. Army and was proud to be a member of the Continental Army Band. While stationed at Ft. Monroe he fell in love with the Tidewater area and developed a passion for sailing. He settled with his family in Va. Beach and began his teaching career.
Don taught music at Lynnhaven and Windsor Woods Elementary Schools, and then moved on to Princess Anne Middle School. In addition to serving as Choral Director, he produced and directed a professional performance group of junior high and high school students in his personal time. The popular group sang and danced at numerous venues throughout the area.
In 1984 Don began his 25 year run as Choral Director at Princess Anne High School. His students shone in lavish Broadway productions, holiday and spring concerts and competitions. The choirs won countless awards and superior ratings throughout his years at PAHS. His students and their achievements meant the world to him.
Don loved life and lived it to the fullest. He spent his retired years enjoying his pool, traveling , gardening, and indulging his grandchildren. He'll be remembered as "larger than life" in all his endeavors and will be greatly missed by many.
A celebration of his life will be held on May 4 at 3 p.m. at Princess Anne High School Auditorium. To honor his legacy, donations may be made to the Donald L. Nultemeier Memorial Scholarship at PAHS Chorus Parents Association, P.O. Box 62685, Va. Beach, VA 23466.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 28, 2013