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John A. Wauters

John A. Wauters, age 86, formerly of Boston and Michigan, died peacefully, Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in Michigan and was raised in Lansing, Mich. After graduating from the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield, Mich., in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a radio operator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. Following World War II, he studied architecture and graduated from Stanford University, Class of 1949. He later received his masters degree in design from the Cranbrook Art Academy in Michigan. As a designer, John worked for the Widdicomb Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Mich. John played the piano and loved classical music, jazz and stride piano. His lifelong passions were music and photography. As a young man, he had worked as a counselor at his mothers childrens summer camp, called Hilltop, on Walloon Lake, Mich. There he had a particular responsibility for small boats- canoes, kayaks and sailboats. He also helped instructing the campers in fishing and horseback riding and about the outdoors. Beloved son of the late Anatole M. and Doris Ida (Murison) Wauters, he was the loving brother of Pauli Muir of Berkeley, Calif. He is also survived by his best friend and caregiver, Christine Forsgard. At the request of John and his family, funeral services were private. For those who wish, donations in Johns memory may be made to the West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton Corner, MA 02458. Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Published in Braintree Forum from June 8 to June 15, 2013
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