Marcel Walter

February 19, 1938June 7, 2013

Marcel Walter

Well-Known Colonial Williamsburg Pastry Chef

Marcel Walter, 75, passed away on Friday, June 7, at his home in Williamsburg. He was born February 19, 1938 in Steckborn, Switzerland, the son of the late Carl and Augusta Walter.

He began his Pastry Chef apprenticeship in Switzerland and his profession enabled him to work in Belgium, England, and Bermuda before coming to the U.S. and finally settling in Williamsburg as Colonial Williamsburg’s Executive Pastry Chef in 1982.

Marcel is survived by his wife, Helen; and two sisters, Heidi Matti and Yvonne Reber.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at


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John & Debbie Kogelman

September 17, 2013

Marcel was a good friend and co-worker at Williamsburg. I will miss the times we have had together and wish Helen all the best. I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a great Pastry Chef and Teacher.

Bob Winther

June 20, 2013

Jacqui and I were both saddened to hear of your loss. Condolences from our family to yours.

Skip Ailstock

June 17, 2013

A true Educator and professional he will be missed. My prayers for you Chef and your loved ones.

June 17, 2013

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Marcel. We worked together at Colonial Williamsburg and had a good friendship. He was a master at pastry.

June 17, 2013

Helen, Both Paul and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Marcel. He was a dear and delightful friend who saw the best in people. He was kind and generous. He will be missed by all of us as well as hundreds of hummingbirds! Please let us know if we can be of assistance. Marie and Paul Bradley

Donna Pendo

June 13, 2013

Helen, Jim and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We apologize for the delay in posting here but we were away during this time. We are three (Jim and I -- and Hannah) of many in our neighborhood who miss Marcel. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you. Love, Donna, Jim, and Hannah

Paul W. Smith , C.E.P.C.

June 12, 2013

Marcel was such an inspiration to my life as a pastry chef .I will miss him and all his wisdom