Walter Kreher: Supportive Housing Leader

Funeral Monday January 6th
Directed HUD Newark Multi-Family Division

Walter Kreher at the Village of Garwood

L to R: Diane Johnson, HUD; Karen Simon Exec Director Westfield Senior Citizens Housing Corp; Walter Kreher, HUD

For the past twenty-tow years, we have worked closely with the late Walter E. Kreher the director of Housing Urban Development (HUD) of New Jersey, Multi-Family Division, based in Newark.

A month ago we were with him at the Village at Garwood ground breaking. This 72-unit affordable senior citizen housing site funded by HUD, was the type of permanent supportive housing that Walter had encouraged and assisted during his tenure at HUD.

Watching him help to start the construction with Diane Johnson, the director of the Newark HUD office and Karen Simon, Executive Director of the Westfield Senior Citizens Corporation, will be a memory we will never forget.

His obituary in the Staten Island Advance highlighted Walter’s life.

He graduated from Nazareth High School in Brooklyn and Baruch College in Manhattan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As a young man, he enjoyed playing roller hockey in the Fort Hamilton section of Brooklyn.

He began his career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust as an auditor. He continued with Cantalupo Realty in Brooklyn. For the past 22 years, he served as the director of Housing Urban Development of New Jersey, Multi-Family Division, based in Newark. Family members said he truly enjoyed his job.

Mr. Kreher enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was always the life of party, family said.

He was a member of the Pelican Athletic Club on Staten Island, where he served as president. He was a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks fan, and recently traveled to Chicago with his son to see the hockey team play. He was a New York Mets and Jets fan and an avid golfer. He was a member of Maplewood (N.J.) Country Club.

“If he could have played every day, he would have,” said his wife of 30 years, the former Maria Rosaria DeSantis. “He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, gardening, and the beach. He has many lifelong friends and through his work made many, many more friends.”

The funeral will be Monday from the Torregrossa Funeral Home in Brooklyn, with a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Sylvester’s Church. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, L.I.

We will always remember Walter for his leadership, support, encouragement and kindness. He made a significant impact on supportive housing in NJ.