Walter O. Lemke

Walter O. Lemke, age 76 of New Germany, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Elim Home, Watertown.

Walter was born July 10, 1923, at Camden Township, Carver County, Minn., the son of Frank F. and Ida (Latzig) Lemke. He was baptized Aug. 15, 1923, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf; and confirmed by the same March 21, 1937.

On June 15, 1943, Walter married LaVerne M. Laabs at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, by the Rev. Carl Linder.

Walter was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Church was a very important part of his life. He was a good, honest, hardworking man.

Walter is survived by his wife LaVerne; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Alan Velander of Bismark, N.D.; Sharon Lemke of Chaska, Diane Lemke of St. Paul, Nancy and Bernard Lewandowski of Shakopee, and Gretchen and Randy Schwerin of Watertown; son, Roger Lemke of Bloomington; grandchildren, Byron, Sidney and Alan Velander, Jr.; Cory and wife, Rishona Hendricks; Sara Hendricks, Eva Lewandowski and fiancee, Paul Herzog; Matthew and Ashley Schwerin; and great-grandchildren, Ashley, Mitchell, Dominic, and Corey.

He is further survived by a sister, Erna Hartwig of Watertown; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Lucille Lemke of Morton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mildred Hall of Chaska, Esther and Alvin Williams of Bloomington, Beatrice Thaemert of Carver, Sharon Laabs of Belle Plaine, and Wayne Laabs of Northfield; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ida Lemke; a sister, Hilda Barlau, and a brother, Paul Lemke.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 21, 1:30 p.m., at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, with the Rev. Jeff Harter officiating. Interment was at the church cemetery.

Matthew Schwerin, Bernard Lewandowski, Randy Schwerin, Mark Hill, Duane Mielke, and Marlin Kohls served as casket bearers.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.

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