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Janet Ann Holter, 74

Janet Ann Holter, age 74, of Pelican Lake, rural Ashby, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at her home, after suffering pancreatic cancer.

She was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Bandon, OR, to James E. and Eunice Lenore Rose (Chirhart) Warde.

Janet moved to St Paul in 1945, after her father’s sudden death in a deer hunting accident. She later moved to Elbow Lake and attended a rural one-room school.

Janet graduated from Elbow Lake High School in 1956, and Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis in 1957. She worked as a medical laboratory technician in the Lowry Medical Arts Building in St Paul for four years.

Janet was united in marriage to Wesley K. Holter June 6, 1959. To this marriage, three beautiful daughters were born: Janine, Kristin, and Kara.

Janet and Wes moved their family to Lester Prairie in 1970, where Janet later worked at PolyFoam, retiring in 2000.

In 2005, Janet and Wes moved to Pelican Lake, rural Ashby. There, they treasured the lake atmosphere.

Janet loved to read books. She also enjoyed and loved her family and friends, playing Scrabble, growing her garden, making jelly with Wes, bird watching, and the lake place during retirement.

She was very active with her women’s Bible study groups. Her life was about others, not herself. Janet devoted herself to God and others selflessly.

She was preceded in death by her father, James E. Warde; stepfather Roland J. Frarck; and her mother, Eunice (Chirhart) (Warde) Frarck.

Janet is survived by her husband, Wesley K. Holter; daughter Janine Holter and her husband, John Pususta of Montrose; daughter Kristin and her husband, Thomas Oppold of Savage; and daughter Kara and her husband, Scott Hutton of Orono; and grandchildren Benjamin Oppold, Katherine Oppold, William Hutton, and Alana Hutton.

She is further survived by her siblings, Marilee (David) Molina, Jean Ann Bellinger, James (Connie) Warde, Maureen (Terry) Volker, and Lorraine (Joseph) Tucker; and by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service took place Saturday, June 9 at noon at the Bethlehem/West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake with the Rev. Scott Ruud officiating. There was visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Interment will take place at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Lester Prairie, Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m.

Memorials are preferred to the Bethlehem/West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church, Projection System, Douglas County Hospice, or Faith Lutheran Church Women’s Bible Study in Evansville.

Arrangements are with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake. Condolences may be sent online to www.EricksonSmithFH.com