Walter E. Leyser, beloved husband for 66 years of the late Lea (nee Fronstin). Loving father of Rhonda (Roger) Wolfson of Beachwood, Ronald (Emmy) Leyser of Solon and Richard (Glo) Leyser of Gates Mills. Devoted grandfather of Scott (Ilana) Wolfson, Kimberly (Josh) Cohen, Tess (Justin) Lazerick, Kara (Ryan) Lash and Brittney Leyser. Great-grandfather of Noah, Jacob, Nate, Asher, Avi, Keila, Zachary, Kelsey and Dylan. Dear brother of the late Kurt Leyser. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred Leyser and Kate Bonwitt Leyser.
Walter was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Berlin, Germany. He came to Cleveland when he was 11 years old on May 17, 1938, when he helped support his family with a paper route. He graduated from Glenville High School, and went on to attend Ohio University after serving in the U.S. Navy. He received a naval discharge on July 20, 1946. He graduated with a degree in photography. He went on to be in the photographic business, selling equipment and supplies. Later on, Walter started his own business with a company called Photoco.
A member of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, he belonged to University Heights Lodge.
Walter was an avid coin and stamp collector who loved photography and
sculpting alabaster, granite and other stones. He was also very into sports when he was young, like ice skating over barrels and horseback riding. While his kids were growing up, he also always had tickets to see the Cleveland Browns with his brother. Years later, Walter had front row seats to see the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Richfield Coliseum. He also extensively traveled and loved to read.
Private family services were held Nov. 11 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Cleveland Chapter or the American Cancer Society’s Cleveland Chapter.