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May 25, 1934 – Dec. 21, 2013

Patricia J. Walter, of Lancaster, a program host on WNED-TV in the 1960s, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 79.

Born Patricia J. Suchan in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Nardin Academy and D’Youville College. She was host of “Community Helpers,” an interview show on WNED-TV, from 1964 to 1966.

Mrs. Walter was the mother of 10 children, inspiring them to careers as educators and entrepreneurs, and was active in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church and the parent organization at Our Lady of Pompeii School.

Her husband of 46 years, John “Mickey” Walter, an All-America runner and athletic director at Lancaster High School, died in 2004.

Survivors include five sons, John, Charles, Matthew, Thomas and Christopher; five daughters, Mary Patricia Stephan, Mary Joanne Loecher, Michelle Arnold, Pauline Zydel and Carolyn Rey; two brothers, the Rev. Robert Suchan and Richard Suchan; and two sisters, Mary Anne Perry and Eleanor Batt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.