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“Please accept my deepest and sincere sympathy on the loss of Mr. Walter Barzenick. May he join that heavenly orchestra and grace it with his...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Darlin Brady-Caro - Destrehan, LA

“A wonderful man, a great professor, and a friendly co-professor. He gave guiding advice to young students, kind assistance to fellow profs, and...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Nethercutt - Coworker

“Piper I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Stephanie Coleman LeDoux - LA

“Dear Peggy, My now deceased husband and I, Jim Duggan were music students at SLUfrom 1960-1964 and remember your dear husband and you very well.I...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Duggan Meyer - Auburn, GA

“Dr. Barzenick was my clarinet professor while I was at SLU. I learned at lot from him. He was an excellent professor. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: BG Meadows - School

“I had the pleasure of being a student of his in the latter part of the 90’s. He had such a passion for music. His passion was infectious. Later...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Dawn Collura - Student

“Where do I begin to express my gratitude for the influence of Walter Barzenick in my life and my teaching career? I was in awe at my first clarinet...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Franklin - Natchez, MS

“Walter certainly lived a full life. I was one of those lucky enough to have Walter as an instructor at SLU back in the day. Please accept Peggy and...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Powell - Hammond, LA

“I was a member of Mr. Barzenick's Woodwind Methods class in the early 1960s, a percussionist studying to become a high school band director. He had...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Charles Smith - Salisbury, MD

“Peggy and family, I'm sorry about Walter's passing. From reading his obituary I can tell he was an amazing man. May God bring all of you comfort! ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Glenn Sanchez - Ponchatoula, LA

“Oh so sorry to hear about Mr. Walter. He was quite an interesting And Fun gentleman to be around. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Mr....Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Gordon Anderson - Hammond

“our prayers are with the family at this time. so sorry for your lose ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: patricia gill - Other

“Peggy, Piper, Jay and kids, I was saddened to hear about "Uncle Walt's" passing. I first met him in 1972 when my father brought me to SLU for...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Tren Alford - Lake Toxaway, NC

“Walter was one of the most interesting and engaging of persons to interview. His life story as a young man in France is fascinating. He told it to me...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Alice (Lisa) Verberne - LA

“I am so sorry for your loss. He lived an admirable life. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Monica Greer - HAMMOND - Friend

“Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of a long time dear friend. Oh there are so many things I could say about Mr. Walter all goodBut not enough...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Gordon Anderson - Hammond


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Walter Barzenick, 98, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, October 4, 2021 in Hammond, LA. He was born November 28, 1922 in Maywood, IL to the late Akzerina "Katie" Barzenick (Bocharnikov) and Alexander Barzenick (Bocharnikov) of Russia.

In 1950, Walter moved to Hammond and began his 51 year teaching career at Southeastern Louisiana University. He had a full and beautiful life spanning almost 100 years. Walter was a humble man, deeply kind and generous, and he loved his family. Other than his black hat with the Third Armored Division patch, one may not have known of his brave service in WWII. In 1945, a mere 23 years old, he marched with his fellow infantrymen through the frozen fields of the Ardennes to fight in one of the most storied battles in military history, The Battle of the Bulge. Walter was wounded by a mortar strike and received the Purple Heart along with numerous medals and decorations. In 2015, he was bestowed with France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, for his contribution to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

His music career is just as impressive as his military service. Walter received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he studied with Domenic de Caprio. He studied on Martha's Vineyard with famed musician, Simeon Bellison, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Walter's lyric tone and sensitive musical ability was complimented in letters he received from his teachers. Walter was the principal clarinetist and appeared as a soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony. He also appeared as a clinician, soloist, and adjudicator throughout the Southeast region. He authored a music booklet and was a beloved professor of many students who speak warmly of him to this very day.

In the early 1950's, Walter, along with his friend and colleague, Tom Maddox, started and coached the Men's tennis team at SLU. He played an integral role in building the first clay tennis court on campus. Like music, tennis was a big part of Walter's life and in his last months at home, the television stayed tuned to the Tennis Channel.

Walter was resilient and strong. The son of Russian immigrants, he survived the Great Depression, WWII, cancer, Hurricane Ida, and even the Coronavirus. He died of natural causes, on his own terms, at home.

Walter is survived by his wife, Margaret Seifert Barzenick; daughter, Piper Barzenick (Rick Colucci); son, Jay Barzenick (Brenna); grandchildren, Jai-Li Colucci, Drew Barzenick, and Jay Barzenick, II; and niece, Lynn Carol Becker.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his older sisters, Elizabeth Breickman and Tina Krebs.

The family would like to thank Transitions Hospice, the VA, and his caregivers, Bernita, Angie, Cynthia, and numerous others. We are grateful.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation for Walter outside the Parish Hall at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 100 W Church Street, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 9:00 AM until 9:55 AM. A memorial service for Walter will be held in the Parish Hall, immediately following the visitation, beginning at 10:00 AM.

Interment will follow at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hammond, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Walter's honor to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1086, Hammond, LA 70404.

To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.harrymckneely.com.