Walter Golbuff

Walter E. Golbuff

Tuesday, February 6th, 1934 - Friday, March 13th, 2020
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Walter “Walt” E. Golbuff, 86, Janesville, died Friday, March 13, 2020 at Mercy Hospital. He was born February 6, 1934 in Plymouth, IA to George and Mary (Tarasoff) Golbuff.

After graduating high school, Walt served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. Once back from war he married Mary Ellen Hanna on June 27, 1959, she preceded him in death on November 14, 1996. Walt then met Donna Edmundson Conner and on May 1, 2004 they were married at St Patrick Catholic Church, Janesville.

Walt earned his master’s degree in education and went on to become a teacher at Adams Elementary, Harrison Elementary, and then Edison Middle School from which he retired in 1988.

After retiring Walt became more involved in volunteer work with being an usher at his home church of St. Patrick and being an escort at Mercy. He delivered part-time for the Janesville Floral Co. and belonged to the Moose and Elks Lodges and was a VFW member. Walt enjoyed golfing in the Senior League, playing poker, fishing, playing the accordion, a passion for reading, doing crossword puzzles and spending time at the cabin on Lake Lorraine with family and friends. Because of his great sense of humor and his love of life, he will be remembered and missed by the people he knew, and the lives he touched.

Walt is survived by his wife Donna; his children: Daniel Golbuff, Steven (Carol) Golbuff, Thomas (Amy) Golbuff, Frederick (Connie) Conner, Catherine (Greg) Durkee, Jacqueline (Greg) Gaffey, Michelle Conner, David (Cheri) Conner, Thomas (Mary Jo) Conner, and Stephen Conner; his grandchildren: Casey Golbuff, Stephanie Golbuff, Wilson Golbuff, Leah Golbuff, and Victoria Golbuff; a great granddaughter Cecelia Golbuff; along with grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren from Donna’s family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Mary Ellen; son Michael Conner, a grandson, and sister Claudia Nachman.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held in the summer followed by a memorial meal. Please visit to send condolences to the family. Memorials are appreciated in Walt’s name to the Vets Roll, 1777 Gardner Street, South Beloit, IL 61080.

With sincere gratitude the family would like to thank the staff of Mercy Health Medical and ICU along with Fr. Drew Olson for all the care and compassion shown to Walt and his family.
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    Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    1827 N. Washington St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the summer.


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Vic Merrifield

Posted at 06:05am
My condolences to the family of Mr Golbuff. He was my 5th grade teacher at Adams school. He was a great teacher and person. I've often wondered if he was still in the area. I am saddened as I'm sure you are that we can't get together to say good bye to this great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dean & Jayne Paynter

Posted at 08:40pm
Donna and families, we are sorry for your loss. Dan had Walt for a teacher and he was sad to hear of his passing.

Sue Ernst-Camodeca

Posted at 07:22pm
I will always remember Walts kind words and smile while sitting around the bonfires at Lake Lorraine. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Golbuff clan.

Sue Camodeca

Kenneth Haugom

Posted at 12:11pm
I would like to express my most heartfelt sympathy to the Walt Golbuff families. I taught with Walt the entire time he was at Edison JHS/MS. I can say he had the character of a gentle man and a sense of humor that brought life to the classroom. His reputation of honesty and integrity was of the highest and he will be greatly missed.....Ken Haugom

Kathy Schultz

Posted at 07:28pm
My condolences for your loss Steve, and to all of his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers for all of you

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