Walter Henry Cochneuer

1939 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Walter Henry Cochneuer Obituary
Walter Henry Cochneuer July 24, 1939 - September 19, 2012 Walter Henry Cochneuer passed away of natural causes surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Los Angeles California. He attended the California School for the Blind and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1958. He graduated and received a lifetime teaching credential from University of California, Davis in 1965. He taught American Literature and Composition at Lincoln High School in Stockton, California, until 1971. He loved teaching high school students. His other great passion was helping people less fortunate than himself. In 1979 he founded New Advances for People with Disabilities (NAPD), enabling him to develop programs, services, housing, and facilities for developmentally disabled children and adults of Kern County. He remained Executive Director of NAPD until 2010, building it from a two-person office in the Haberfelde Building to many facilities throughout Bakersfield. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disabilities and to advocate passionately on their behalf. He was committed to helping the community to understand that the disabled deserve to be treated as first class citizens. In addition to his passion for community service, he also loved history (especially Civil War and Native American), the SF 49ers, traveling, movies, reading, and, most of all, his family. He loved having his children come home to visit whenever they could, especially when they could all be together. Walter leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years, Vivian Cochneuer, their daughter Mindy Andrews and her husband Steven, their son Morgan Cochneuer, daughter Bambi Lynn Cochneuer and her husband Keith Fregien, and daughter Danielle Napoli. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Owen Andrews, Langton Carpenter-Cochneuer, Heather Thornhill, and Jacob Bensusen. A memorial will be held at NAPD's Center for Creative Achievement, 1120 21st Street (on the corner of 21st and M), Bakersfield, California, on Saturday, October 6, at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to New Advances for People with Disabilities (NAPD), 2601 "F" Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2012
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