Louise Marie (Genschaw) Walker


Louise Marie (Genschaw) Walker, 91, of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away from Alzheimer’s on Nov 17, 2022.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 21, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND.  Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. A livestream of the service will be available on the church’s website.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 4:00-5:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck, with a Prayer Service at 5:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Louise was born on January 15, 1931, to Walter and Adele (Seuel) Genschaw in Madison, WI.  She graduated from Madison’s West High School in 1948.  After high school, Louise started studying nursing at University of Wisconsin.  In 1950, on a blind date at a church picnic, Louise met an engineering student from Bismarck ND.   A romance blossomed but Louise thought nothing would come of the relationship as the young gentleman moved away for the summer.  In the fall, he moved back for school and called her back and the relationship continued.  Louise married the young man, LeRoy C Walker, on February 6, 1952.  Just six months into her marriage, her husband was drafted into the army.  Louise and LeRoy moved to Maryland and then Pennsylvania where their first two children were born.

In 1956 Louise moved with her family to Bismarck, ND where her family grew to four children.  Throughout her many years in Bismarck, Louise was an active member of Trinity Lutheran church.  Growing up with Lutheran ministers in her family, Louise’s faith was very important to her.  These last few years, she found great solace in reading Trinity’s Sunday bulletin.  Louise also continued to read the Bible as long as she could.

When Louise’s youngest child started school, she started helping out at her Father-in-Law’s watch and jewelry store, Walkers Jewelry.  As her husband’s ownership in Walkers n’ Daughters Jewelers increased, Louise also became more involved.  By 1975, Louise became a Registered Jeweler with the American Gem Society.  This title proved she understood jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, and pearls by passing yearly exams.  She maintained this respected certification until 2014 when she was 83 years old.

Although, Louise did not like to shop she loved to sell.  She was always well dressed with her jewelry matching her outfits.  Louise would take the time to get to know her customers and help them acquire their special piece of jewelry, and sometimes even adding a little bit of marriage advice.   She treated everyone with respect.  Louise loved to take care of people and her warm heart showed through.

Louise spent 28 years on the Institutional Review Board at St Alexius’s Hospital. This Lay Advisory Board reviewed projects that ensured the human participants were not placed at undue risk and were not coerced into participation.  Louise spent many hours studying and researching to provide thoughtful reviews and oversight to these projects.

Louise’s family was very important to her.  In her early years of marriage until her parents passed, she would write her mother a letter every Sunday night.  When any child had moved away for any reason, she would also write them a letter every Sunday night.  As technology increased, she moved to sending out an email every Sunday night to her entire family.  We all looked forward to her weekly updates.  She was the happiest when her children and grandchildren and great-grand children were around.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Adele Genschaw, her two brothers Walter (Wally) Genschaw and Clarence Genschaw, and her husband, LeRoy C. Walker.

Louise is survived by her four children: Alan (Janette) Walker of Bismarck, ND; Karen Zimmer of Bismarck, ND; Susan (Lawrence) Weiand of Bismarck, ND; and Sharon (Tracy) Hanson of Fullerton, CA.  She has nine grandchildren, David Walker, Daniela (Orlin) Brinkmeyer, Leslie Payne-Zimmer, Ethan (Carol) Zimmer, Lanette Rasmussen, Jennifer (Greg) Froehlich, John Hanson, Bethany Hanson, and Amanda Hanson.  She also has 10 great grandchildren.


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Susan, we are sending our sympathies to you and your family. A passing of a legacy for sure.

So sorry to hear the sad news about Aunt Louise. She was a wonderful person. I know she is at peace in God’s embrace.

Oh, We were so sad to hear about your mom…She was a sweet woman

Sharon, your Mom always made me feel welcomed at the house and store. I loved her wit, charm and welcoming smile. Louise was one of the kindest souls I ever met and will be missed. I’m singing Amazing Grace and feel she has gone “Home”. Hugs to the Walker/Genschaw families.

Louise was — pardon the pun considering her work — a real gem. I got to know her at Trinity Lutheran and she was always so nice.
I do have a funny story. My wife, Carla, and I got our wedding rings from Walkner n’ Daughters. But a couple of months after getting married, I had lost a few pounds (no more bachelor pigging out) and the wedding ring no longer fit. I took it in and Louise helped me. She took the ring and said it will be resized and ready in a week. Then she said, “Rob, now don’t act like you’re not wearing a wedding ring,” giving me a wink. I didn’t, Louise, I didn’t.
To the family, may God be with you at this time and all times.

Giving my sympathies to the family. It is always too soon to lose a loved one. Peace and comfort to you

To the Walker family, Prayerful sympathy to all of you. I served on the IRB Board at St. Alexius with Louise, certainly not as long as she did.She was sooo faithful and ALWAYS prepared for the studies presented at each meeting. I appreciated her insights and questions. Louise was a strong community member for our civic community, supportive and helpful. Truly she was God’s faithful servant. Thank you for sharing her with us. She now knows fullness of life with Leroy and all her loved ones. May the joy in heaven be full with their rejoicing. Sincerely, Sister Susan Lardy

Susan and Family – we send our sympathies to you all. We have may good memories of Louise waiting on us in the downtown store. Our thoughts and prayers for you.