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LaVerna Sybilla Wolter

LaVerna Sybilla Wolter, age 77 of Lester Prairie, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004 at the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson.

LaVerna was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Winsted Township, the daughter of Fred and Elsie (Fruetel) Birkholz. She was baptized Aug. 28, 1927 at St. Peter Lutheran Church by the Rev. J. A. Schert; and confirmed into the faith April 6, 1941, at the same church, by the Rev. A. F. Vomhof.

LaVerna attended District 10 School, St. Peter Parochial School, and graduated from Lester Prairie High School. She grew up on the family farm five miles northwest of Lester Prairie.

She was united in marriage to Melvin Wolter Sept. 8, 1946, at St. Peter Lutheran Church by the Rev. Berthold Streufert. The couple lived with their parents on the farm, and later moved to Lester Prairie, where they have resided since.

A lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, LaVerna served on the Ladies Aid and as a Sunday school teacher.

She was employed at Telex in Glencoe, and at Roger’s Jack & Jill in Lester Prairie as a grocery manager. She also served as a volunteer driver for McLeod County Social Services.

LaVerna enjoyed visiting with family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elsie; father- and mother-in-law J. Peter and Margeretha Wolter; brothers and sisters-in-law Raymond D. Wolter (Ruth), Orville Wolter, LaVerna Miller (Erwin), Maynard Wolter (Elizabeth), and Edmund Wolter.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin Wolter of Lester Prairie; brother-in-law Ardell Wolter (wife Erna) of Norwood Young America; sister-in-law Bernice Wolter of Glencoe; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Gerald Schwanke officiating. The organist was Kay Gueningsmann, and the congregation hymns were “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” “The Will of God is Always Best,” and “All Praise To Thee, My God, This Night.” Interment followed at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Maurice Dammann, Gordon Birkholz Jr., Jeff Birkholz, Steve Richardson, Gary Schmidt, and Neil Winterfeldt.

Visitation took place Friday evening, Oct. 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were by Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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