Walter Detlef Alefeld

June 4, 1944October 29, 2020

Walter Detlef Alefeld, beloved husband, father, and soon-to-be grandfather, passed away on October 29, 2020.

Born in Siegburg Germany, Walter lived more than 50 years in Morris County after immigrating to the U.S. as a young boy. The majority of this time was spent in Denville where he built a loving home with his wife, Patricia, and their two sons, Eric and Sean.

Walter served as a translator in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After receiving an honorable discharge, he worked with the Bricklayers Local 4 for over 20 years and for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother at St. Francis Residential Community.

In retirement, Walter relocated with his wife to southern California, where he was a dedicated volunteer for the Veterans Affairs Greater LA Healthcare System, being honored as the Volunteer of the Year. He also belonged to the American Legion Hollywood Post 43 and was a member of Proudly We Stand, a LA Veterans group committed to serving Veterans in need.

Walter will forever be remembered as the embodiment of kindness, empathy, and humanity. His charm, good nature, and genuine interest in people made it easy for him to make friends everywhere he went, including out of strangers he would encounter on his daily walks. Walter’s charity and affection was felt by his global network of family and friends who he regularly called on. Whether he called in times of need or just to say hello, a phone call from Walter was guaranteed to make anyone on the receiving end feel loved and cared for.

Walter was the devoted husband to Patricia McConnell Alefeld, loving father to Eric Alefeld, and his wife Illona Alefeld, and Sean Alefeld. He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Selma Alefeld, his brother Joseph Alefeld, and his sister Franziska Alefeld.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make contributions to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare system at



  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Susan Hodes

November 19, 2020

I am so sorry to learn about Walter’s passing. Dotti always spoke so highly of him and looked forward to his 10 am daily phone calls when she was going through her treatments. Heartfelt condolences to the whole family.

Andrea Maier

November 18, 2020

I am praying the mass of burial for Walter and his committal at the same hour in Los Angeles. Much love for you and the whole family on this sad day.

Ja'Net Adams

November 17, 2020

Walter was a caring and compassionate person. Walter and I shared a love for politics. When Walter came to the office to pick up the love of his life, he and I would start a conversation about politics and we would talk and talk until someone discovered I was not at my desk. I will truly miss my political friend. Rest in heaven till we meet again. Praying for you and the family!!!!
Ja'Net Adams

Mace Nevara

November 15, 2020

Everytime I ever saw Walter in the few years I knew him, he was helping someone out. I mean every single time. I cannot say this about anyone else I know. Always helping somebody, and always doing it with a smile, like it was his pleasure to help others. Truly rare and remarkable.


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