NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 9, 2013

Walter John Behringer, Jr.


Newburyport, MA — Walter John Behringer, Jr., age 72, of Newburyport, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, November 5, 2013, at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He was the beloved husband of Karen E. (Abeel) Behringer.

Born August 5, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey, son of the late Walter J. and Helen (Wilson) Behringer, he was a graduate of Emerson College and Montclair State University, receiving degrees in education and teaching.

A most beloved teacher, Walter had taught English, Speech and Drama at both Hillside High School in Hillside, New Jersey and Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey. As a dedicated teacher with the interest of his students at heart, profoundly impacting their lives, many stayed in touch with him over the years. After moving to Newburyport, he made appearances at the Newburyport School Board meetings, his love and interest in teaching ever present. Throughout his life, he had been actively involved with the Emerson College Alumni Association.

Walter was also a gifted musician, playing the guitar and singing on nationwide tours as a member of the Ramblers Three. In 1963, the group released an album through MGM Records, Make Way for The Ramblers Three and made guest appearances on the Merv Griffin Show. As a punster, with his extensive knowledge of the English language, speech and drama, he could keep any crowd well entertained for hours. He also enjoyed birds and bird watching, and was a passionate Boston Red Sox fan, often traveling to Florida for their Spring training.

In addition to his wife of twenty-three years, best friend and former student, Karen E. Behringer of Newburyport, he leaves behind his mother-in-law; Judith M. Abeel, brother-in-law, Christian M. Abeel and fiancee, Elizabeth H. Hall; his nephews, Ralph C. Abeel and Alan C. Abeel III; his cousin, Elaine Behringer, along with a host of lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan B. Pruess.

The legacy he leaves behind will continually warm the hearts of those who loved him so dearly.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services and interment will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Emerson College Alumni Association, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home of Newburyport.